Over the years we have had a tradition at Thanksgiving. It’s not very innovative, really, but it is important. At the table, before we eat, each person says what they thank God for. As a believer, this certainly should not be a once a year thing, but at Thanksgiving we share these praises with each other. It’s a community and family building thing.
Most years I say something about my family, I know cliche, but always true. This year, however, I have a different answer. You see, having seen someone from our church pass away recently who knew Jesus, I realized something. She knew exactly where she was going afterwards, and seemed very at peace with the ending of her life. And that has given me a new appreciation for my salvation. It means, among other benefits, that I don’t have to worry about the end of my life, because I know where I am going. I have a destination, already assured, for after this life is over. And that is comforting.
So this year, when someone asks me what I’m thankful for, I’m going to say: I’m thankful that, because of Jesus, I know where I’m going after this life is over.