It’s been a good day.

This has been a really good day.  (Thanksgiving Day, 2008)  I started it off by sleeping in.  We stayed up pretty late last night playing cards and having first hot tea and then coffee at some friends’ house.  It’s been a long time since we’ve got to do that.  Phase 10 is one of those games that goes on for quite a while.  We were all beaten by the 13-year-old.  It was still a good time had by all.

So I got out of bed around 9:00, which is a big deal for me.  I normally set my alarm for 5:30, but on Sundays I sleep in until 6:00.  I took a shower, but no rush.  The first thing on our schedule was at noon.  The ministry where we live and work prepares a huge spread on Thanksgiving Day.  We had the biggest crowd today in the 25 years our current president has been here.  It’s great for us; dilly dally around all morning, then show up at 12:00 for a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.  We brought home enough left-overs to feed about 12.  Sleeping late, free lunch; so far so good.

We brought a few dorm students home with us for a few hours like many do on Thanksgiving.  It gives the dorm parents some time with their families.  The left-overs are to have dinner on, but I started a tradition a few years back of baking deep dish pizza.  We snack on the turkey and what not all afternoon, then have awesome pizza if I do say so myself (I’m not the only one).  I make a double batch of pizza dough, add a pound of hamburger meat, half a pound of sausage, pepperoni, onion, pizza sauce and two kinds of cheese, Parmesan and mozzarella.  You have to eat it with a fork, but one slice is a meal.  There’s a few slices in the fridge now waiting for breakfast.  Tomorrow is looking pretty good also.

We had snow last weekend, but today the temp got up to like 57 degrees or so.  We have some college age friends in town this week, one is staying with us.  Her boyfriend came by last night and hooked up his Playstation 3.  Our neighbors down the street have family from Ohio, and a few of them dropped by.  So around 6 o’clock this evening, picture a dozen or so people in our living room ranging in age from 16 to 32 (I’m the oldest).  We had 2 laptops surfing the web, a Playstation 3 going, and one guy playing Guitar Hero on a DS.  We had enough food to feed another 10 or 15 people.  We finished the evening by watching the Transformers movie.  I was surprised; some hadn’t seen it yet, others didn’t mind watching it again.  There was no vote of dissent. 

So why am I blogging this on the Master’s Table?  What about the gospel-less preaching, the foolish atheists, and the pro-abortion, gay marriage political process?  Where’s the rant and the history lesson, you ask?  It’s been a good day.  No rant, no lecture.  The clock just struck midnight, and I’m not sitting alone in the quite living room reflecting on the day’s events.  It was Thanksgiving Day, and we have much to be thankful for.  I have much to be thankful for.  In a couple of months, I might be lamenting all the hours I spend driving the basketball team around, giving me no time to blog.  Sometimes really bad days end up turning into bad weeks, and perhaps I can look back at this post and remember how good God is.  I rode my motorcycle yesterday, but what I was really doing was getting it ready to store for winter.  I spoke to my parents on the phone today, who are both still alive and have been married 45 years.  Teresa’s parents just closed on a house outside of D.C., meaning they’re back after 6 years in Germany.  I’ve lost 17 pounds since the first week of October, and only have 8 more to go to reach my goal of 25 by Christmas.  I’m not preaching this Sunday morning, but will preach Sunday evening to our students.  For the next 2 days, we have no plans. 

This post is long, and maybe I’m the only one that cares; but for all God has done and will do, let him receive honor and glory.  If we walk with him during the good times, it will not be uncomfortable for us to turn to him in the bad.  I have thanked God today for all that we have, and have used what he has blessed us with to bless others.  I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I imagine we’ll being doing that same thing.  As I wrote on the About page, it’s an adventure and a challenge every day.  Today’s been a good day.

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