– What I’m Thankful for in 2020 –
At the close of 2020, some may voice the sentiment that they are glad it’s behind us. It would be easy to focus on all that was bad in 2020. But, today at the end of the Sunday worship service at Faith UMC in Fort Myers, FL, Pastor Dennis Lewis challenged us with a different view. He asked us to ponder the following question – “In the past year, what are you thankful for?”. It’s a good question to ask ourselves each day. When I think about last year, here are some of the things that I’m thankful for.
- I am thankful that God watched over my family and kept us safe from serious harm or illness.
- I’m thankful for all He did to sustain us even when I had to wait in lines sometimes for food and supplies. I did have some anxious periods when there were shortages, but I was always able to obtain what I needed.
- I am thankful that I was able to learn and use free tools like Zoom and Google Meet to connect with and see people by video.
- I’m thankful for the extra time I spent to connect with people and in more overt ways (more text messages, emails, sending cards, and letters). I’m also thankful for the friends and family who reached out to stay in contact with me.
- I am thankful for the time I spent at home, cooking, and eating together with my immediate family. I’m also thankful for the extra time I spent with my wife – walking, talking, and eating together.
- I’m thankful for all the health care, public safety, manufacturers, and front line workers who went to work each day to provide the items (e.g., food, supplies, masks, hand sanitizer) and services I needed.
- I’m thankful for the extra money I was able to donate to help people (at churches and charities) because I spent less money on personal travel and entertainment.
- I’m thankful for places like bike paths and hiking trails that are close to my home that I could explore and enjoy being outside.
- I’m thankful for the people who worked to try and keep us safe from the spread of Covid. I might not have always agreed with the restrictions and guidelines but I’m thankful for their concern for my health and safety.
- As I learned when I suffered from colitis for many years, I became more thankful for what I had and could do versus what I couldn’t do.
During 2020, I was saddened and humbled by all the deaths and suffering caused by Covid. But, I was also blessed and thankful for all I was given.
Though some of my family suffered from serious illnesses, my immediate and extended family was spared from contracting and succumbing to Covid. We were able to carry on with our lives – perhaps not the same as we did before Covid. It was just different and, in some ways, a little better.
The things I couldn’t do or missed doing were temporary. The things I gained were everlasting and for that, I am thankful to God.