Thoughts while running on a brisk Thanksgiving Day

I normally keep my spiritual thoughts close to my vest. Today this blossomed in my mind on a lovely run, and I felt compelled to share. I hope you enjoy.

I am thankful for my life, but I do not fear death.

I am thankful for today’s feast, though I do not fear hunger.

I am thankful for good health, though I know my body ultimately will fail.

I am thankful for the love of friends and family, for I know that many live alone and feel forgotten.

I am thankful for those who forgive my transgressions, for I work hard to be forgiving.

I am thankful for compassion, for I know too well the suffering caused by spite, anger and resentment in myself and others.

I am thankful for my faith that all acts — whether after thousands of years or thousands of lifetimes — ultimately can work toward good, despite the evil in this world. That is the only possibility if one accepts a patient God of pure, transcendent, unconditional love. And for that I am most thankful.


About admin

I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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