Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and Thanksgiving week is very special to me. So every day this week I'm going to highlight just a few of the things I'm thankful for. I hope you enjoy it.
We had the privilege of attending a wedding this weekend. The bride became a friend of ours during our trip to Switzerland in 2008. She is a sweet girl who, last Saturday, married her college sweetheart.
Brought back memories, that's for sure.
I love watching the groom when the bride finally shows up behind the glass doors at the back of our church. Normally, when the groom sees his bride for the first time he grins from ear to ear--like he's going to burst with love and pride. But this time the groom did something I've never seen before--he burst into tears. Bless that boy, he took one look at his precious love and fell to pieces, actually wiping tears from his face.
I love that.
So what does that have to do with being thankful this week? Not much. I just really wanted to share that sweet moment with you.
But it does lead me to the first thing I'm thankful for this week. During the ceremony the bride and groom made a point of thanking their parents for bringing them up in Christian homes. This couple realized how important and special their heritage is. They realized that for the two of them to come from similar backgrounds is rare and something to be cherished.
And it made me realize, not for the first time, that B and I both came from homes that treasured our Christian heritage. We both had parents who made going to church a priority from the time we were young. We both had parents who encouraged us in our faith.
Lots of our friends did not grow up this way. I think they wish they had.
So today, I'm thankful that both B and I come from Christian families and that we both had parents who modeled for us what a Christian marriage should look like. I'm thankful for parents who took the time to teach us what's most important.
I'm thankful for a solid foundation that 24 years ago launched us into the world together. That heritage has made such a difference.