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I’m sitting in Memphis watching the Lions play the Patriots on Thanksgiving day.  There’s much to be thankful for …

I’m thankful for my family, those close at hand, those spread around the country, and those who have passed on.  I remember with great fondness having family gatherings around the table at 100 West Eden.

It’s been over fifteen years since that last Thanksgiving with my parents.  That seems hard to believe.  For the memories – but more importantly, for the lessons, the values, and the perspective – I am eternally thankful.  I have physical and spiritual DNA that lives on in me.

I am thankful to have a calling from God that has allowed me to serve him and his people in wonderful places such as San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Denver.

I am thankful to have two healthy, happy daughters.  Each is a joy in their own way and in a special way together.

I am thankful to have a beautiful wife with whom I will celebrate 20 years of marriage this December.  She amazingly talented, patient, and a great mother.

There are many little things for which I am thankful, too.  Lasik surgery, good coffee, fun colleagues, books, and my HTC EVO.

Life moves along and it is important to be thankful.  So, let me say, Happy Thanksgiving.