by Terry J. Hallock

Why I'm Thankful
Terry J. Hallock
I Peter 1:1-9
Sunday, November 21, 1999

I'm genuinely, honestly, and absolutely thankful today and I want to tell you why. I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for my dear Norma who for twenty-five years has been my wife, helper, encourager, counselor, partner and best friend. I'm thankful for our daughters, Tara and Gretchen, who continue to be sources of genuine pride and the objects of our unconditional love. I'm thankful for my parents, John and Jennie Hallock, who adopted my brother and I as their sons, taught us the wisdom of life, and filled us with the knowledge of God.

I'm thankful for friends who have looked beyond the outside and have unconditionally accepted the person who lives on the inside -- warts and all.

I'm thankful for my life, health, wealth, and freedom. I'm so grateful to be alive in America at the turn of this century and the passing of this millennium. I'm appreciative that all my physical abilities are in tact and my mental faculties are functional, especially when I'm so keenly aware how quickly they can be taken away. I'm so blessed to have never known the awful poverty that afflicts some; never to have gone a day without bread, shelter, or clothing; and to live in a nation where I can think as I wish, say what I choose, and become what I dream.

Yet as glorious a gift as my family is, as wonderful a blessing as friends can be, and as marvelous as my life, health, wealth, and freedom truly are there is an even more fundamental reason why I am thankful and His name is Jesus. I am so grateful He is my God and grace, my life and liberator, my sustainer and savior, my redeemer and rock, my provider and protector, my sword and shield, my lamb and light, my hope and home. Because of my Jesus I'm not only thankful for the blessings of this life but for those which wait in the next. I'm not only grateful for what is seen, but what is unseen.

Had it not been for my Jesus I am c ...

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