Two months ago today, my dad unexpectedly passed away, and tomorrow I’m supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In spite of the sorrow I’ve experienced over the past two months, and the sadness we’ll experience when Dad will not be sitting around the table with us tomorrow, I still have so many reasons for which to give thanks.
- I’m thankful that I had my dad for 51 years. I know many who would give anything to have their fathers as long as I had mine.
- I’m thankful for the kind of relationship I had with my dad throughout those 51 years. He was my friend, my mentor, and my confidant. He and my mother taught me about Jesus. It was his preaching that shaped my life. It was he who baptized me into Christ. And it was his integrity, attitude, priorities, and influence that caused me to want to preach as well.
- I’m thankful that I’ve never had reason to be ashamed of my dad. I’ve sometimes seen people fight to become their “own person,” and fight the shadow of their father. However, I’ve always been content, not to be known as Steve Higginbotham, but as Frank Higginbotham’s son.
- And I’m thankful that I can say my dad is my hero. I’m proud and thankful for a friend and fellow Christian where I preach for being a Silver Star recipient for his gallantry in service to our country. But I’m every bit as proud and thankful for my dad’s service in a different army. Dad never received a medal, nor did he ever even pick up a rifle, but he sure could wield a sword effectively until the day he laid it down.
Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving. Although the pain of our loss is still fresh, you can count on our family being among those who have reason to give thanks. What about you? If you’re in Christ, you too have reason to give thanks, regardless of life’s circumstances.