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Consciously Thankful

Posted by Wesley Taylor on

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

–Ephesians 5:19b-20

Church Family, 

It is Thanksgiving weekend, and more likely than not you are spending time with family over the next few days– some that are easy to love and some not so much. My wife and I will be in College Station spending the weekend with my folks, and I have a feeling that this will be a particularly special year for us.

My grandparents are both in their 80s, and in their last few years of life they get to spend the holidays with their great-grandchildren. My aunt and uncle never had kids of their own, but they get the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a grandparent this Thanksgiving. My sister vows that she will never have kids, and yet she loves Hudson, Samuel, and Elaine like they are her own. My kids are a big deal in our family - the first of their generation on both sides of mine and Megan’s families. Unfortunately, while they bring life and joy to the rest of my family, I catch myself being more thankful for the break from parenting than being thankful for the life and joy they bring my wife and I every single day.

Having three small kiddos is hard – don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it is necessarily a bad thing that Megan and I are looking forward to all of the help we will receive this weekend, but I also don’t think that we recognize how lucky we are to have them in our lives every single day.

As I sing and make music from my heart to the Lord this weekend at University, I am making it a specific goal to thank the Lord for my kids - even when life is crazy and they won’t keep their clothes on. I encourage you all to look at your life and find something – even if it is difficult and demanding – that you can be thankful for this year.


Wes Taylor
Director of Modern Worship


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