7 Things I am Thankful for this Season

As Thanksgiving approaches, I wish to share a few things for which I am most thankful. I am certainly thankful for more than these seven things, but they are at the top of my list.


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1. I am thankful for my family

I am fortunate that my family is very close. My wife and I have been married for more than 40 years, and our relationship seems to grow ever closer. We are not just spouses—we are soul mates and life partners. I cannot imagine never having met her and enjoying our many years together.

Our son has been an integral part of us ever since his birth. We all share a special connectivity. He is now a successful professor of philosophy at a university, and I love discussions with him and reading his papers. He still feels at home in our house and visits regularly twice a year. I am thankful for my son and very proud of him.

My mother, my siblings, and I are close. We visit each other and treasure our relationships. I am thankful for them, and I am also thankful for my father and sister who are deceased. They were both very important to me and I think of them often.

Beyond my immediate family, I am thankful for the memories I have of my deceased grandparents, aunts, and uncles who were so much a part of my life.

2. I am thankful for my friends

I’ve had hundreds of nice acquaintances, but I especially treasure a few close friends who have been with me for decades. In particular are two buddies I met in college when I was still a teenager. I can’t imagine what my life would have been without them all these years.

3. I am thankful for my health

I do not take my health for granted. Several years ago I was diagnosed with a very serious cancer. The usual treatments all failed quickly and there were a number of additional complications. But just before I was released to hospice I received approval for a dangerous new procedure that saved my life.

That treatment was harsh and there were further complications. The doctors did not expect me to survive, but I did survive. After several months in the hospital I was sent home so weak I could hardly turn over in bed by myself. Since then I have improved considerably though I will never be my old normal.

Again, I am thankful for my health; I do not take it for granted in the least.

4. I am thankful Jesus tells me of the loving Father who takes away fear

My life as a Christian fundamentalist was dominated by an angry God, heavy legalistic rules, a fear of hell, and spiritual uncertainty. I am thankful that I worked through my religious baggage and discovered the real Jesus who tells me of the Father who has always loved me.

5. I am thankful I am not bound by rigid religious rules

The burden of legalism is very heavy and leads to unhealthy spiritualities. I am thankful I no longer carry that heavy load of rigid religious rules and harmful beliefs. Jesus relieved my burdens and gave me rest and peace.

6. I am thankful for my blog readers

When poor health limited my range of contribution to society I began blogging. I wanted to help others who were questioning their inherited beliefs and struggling with doubt and fear. But my blog would be nothing without my readers. I am thankful for my readers—especially those who constantly support my effort and help contribute to it with their comments.

7. I am thankful for like-minded bloggers

When I began blogging I didn’t know anyone who shared a spiritual journey similar to mine, and I felt very alone. But I have since found an entire blogging community of like-minded believers that I never knew existed. I am so thankful for that community; I no longer feel alone in my journey.

These are a few very important things for which I am thankful this Thanksgiving season, but there are others as well. The more I follow Jesus, and the more I develop, the more things I am thankful for.

I am sure you are also thankful for many things. This is a good season to reflect on them.


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14 Responses to 7 Things I am Thankful for this Season

  1. tonycutty says:

    Tim, this is such a moving testimony. Thank you for sharing on such a personal level 🙂 I personally believe that thankfulness is a powerful weapon against the negative things that life throws at us, and you are using it effectively here. I didn’t know about your fight against cancer; believe me, I know what it’s like. So glad you made it!


    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Thanks Tony. Yes, I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago and nobody was optimistic about my survival. I have been in remission for about 8 years, but I still have health issues from it. However, I am much better now and more functional than I was.

      I hope your connection to illness turned out well.


  2. sheila0405 says:

    You are blessed!


  3. Valorie says:

    I’m also thankful for your health, your/our family, the people who comment in your blog post & many other things that I won’t post here.
    Thank you


  4. Peggy Witt says:

    Thanks for sharing your 7 things you are most thankful for. I hope you and Marilyn have a most blessed Thanksgiving. We too, are quite blessed and grateful for long-term friends such as you!


    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Thanks Peggy, I wish the same for you and Tim. We had a lot of experiences together over so many years with the company; I am glad we are still in touch.


  5. Chas says:

    I’d like to thank the Almighty One for this blog. I’m much more at home here than in any church to which I’ve been in the past 3 years.


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