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Oops, I almost forgot about Thankful Thursday this week.  It is Friday already isn’t it?  And Friday’s almost over.

I’m thankful that I feel so much more at home in my church family than I did a year ago – we were so new here last Easter.   I’m thankful for love, for people who gather to remember Jesus in taking the Lord’s supper, for hearing the story again that I’ve heard so many times but still tugs at my heart.  I’m thankful for imagination and how it helps me picture myself at the table with Jesus and his disciples; helps me wonder and try to understand what it must have been like for those men as their teacher and leader, one they loved, dropped the bomb of “tonight I will be betrayed by one of you and be handed over to die.”

I’m thankful for a time to actually act out the washing of another woman’s feet, as Jesus did for his friends and told us to do.  I’m thankful for young and old knees bending and kneeling down in front of another to splash, hold and lovingly dry toes and heels.  There were laughs and plenty of tears, not to mention warm hugs.

I’m thankful that unlike my friend and I who joked about making sure we shaved our legs, wore socks with no holes, and pre-washed our feet before the time of footwashing with our friends, Jesus died for us and washed our hearts clean though we hadn’t prepared them, hadn’t cleaned ourselves up first, hadn’t first become “presentable.”

I’m thankful that because of Him, we can enter the throne room of God, our Almighty God, King of kings, Lord of lords.  We can know Him and be loved by Him.  We can be free and forgiven, clean and light.  We can have our life-debt cancelled.  We can be adopted and belong.  We can look forward to the day when with unveiled faces we see Him face to face and know that we will never again have to be apart from Him.

I can’t thank Jesus enough.

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?

…thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Corinthians 15:57  NLT