Today I thought I'd ask hubby what he is thankful for....without skipping a beat he commented, "Let me think about it!" Of course, I thought instantaneously he'd say, "My wife, hands down!" But it's two days later and I'm still awaiting an answer. It had better be good....just sayin'
So here is the post I received for today's offering....shame on me! Here's what Gary A. White, my husband, had to say....
Invariably around Thanksgiving, especially in group settings, someone will ask “name one thing you are thankful for”. The question doesn’t mean there aren’t 10 things or 20, but it only wants one. The first things that come to mind are my wife, kids, grandkids; the family I grew up with – grandparents, parents, siblings; Jesus would also be in that group. But when Cookie asked me this time, I decided to answer the question, “What is the number one thing I am thankful for”; the one thing, the top of the heap, the number one thing that has meant the most in my life. Now, for that answer, I had to ponder for a couple of days. The answer became very clear: I am most thankful for my wife, Judith Vale Garbee White, always known to all as Cookie.
It's not because of the usual reasons: she makes me happy, she is the Mother of my children, that better be my answer, etc. No, to be number one, there must be more. The reason I am most thankful for my wife is because she is the catalyst that inspired me to have a rich, fulfilling, spirit filled life in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I was a good Catholic for 25 years; I believed in God the Father and I knew Jesus as my Savior. But Cookie taught me there was more. Prayer, Bible Study, meaningful worship, Christian fellowship, so many blessings that are available to those who believe. Life is full of ups and downs, of victories and losses, and often some of the most excruciating sad events of hurt and loss, even death. But knowing God in all His glory, is the answer to why we live; He gives eternal hope in a blessed life both here and for all eternity.
So, thank you to my Heavenly Father for bringing Cookie and I together. Thank you for Phyllis, who we didn’t know all that well, who God used to think two people who did not know each other might be compatible for a blind date on March 3, 1979. Forty years later, we are still going on dates. Thank you, Judith, for this wonderful life.