Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a national celebration of gratitude. It is truly an appropriate endeavor. We all have so much for which we are thankful.
Those of you who watch The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon are familiar with his Friday night bit known as “Thank-You Notes.” He sits at his desk and writes personal “Thank-You” notes to all manner of folks. If you know Fallon, they can be pretty funny. So – I thought I would give it a shot today. Here are some “Thank-You” notes from me:
Thank You Texas Rangers – for a great season. Welcome Jeff Banister to Arlington and congratulations on all your awards! It was a fun, unexpected run for sure! Looking forward to next year!
Thank You Arlington Leaders – for leading our city well. We are particularly grateful for our church members who are serving as elected officials in our city: Jeff Williams (Mayor), Kathryn Wilemon (City Council), Lana Wolf (City Council) and Bowie Hogg (School Board) – we love you all and are proud of you.
Thank You James and Vera Scirratt – for 18 years of service here at FBC Arlington. Dr. Scirratt has ministered to countless people while serving as our Associate Pastor. We wish him well in his retirement!
Thank You David McDurham and church artists – for your artistic handiwork this year that has helped us express and explore Blessed People Bless People. This year we have a Blessed People Christmas Tree that displays all of the artwork from 2015. It has been an awesome year for us!
Thank You Mountain Dew – for another award-winning year of producing the best soda in the world.
Thank You Pentatonix – for being so freakishly talented and providing us with such fresh renditions of some of our favorite Christmas songs.
Thank You College Football – for always giving us so much to cheer for, smack talk about and just have fun watching.
Thank You Andy Crouch – for deepening our understanding of creating and cultivating culture.
Thank You First Baptist Church of Arlington – for being such a great community of faith. You take risks, you love people, you seek to follow The Jesus Way, you love your staff, you are invested in mission, you’re not pretentious, you are authentic, you work hard, you serve this community —- you bless people!
Thank You Cindy – for being so faithful to God and inspiring all of us to just be better people. Thanks for loving me for a lifetime.
Thank You Lord – for more than I could ever say or innumerate. You have blessed me beyond measure this year. I am truly humbled by all the blessings You have showered upon me. Thank You for your deep love, abiding grace and the hope you have placed inside me. Thank You for my family. Thank you for my church. Thank you for the life I have discovered by following The Jesus Way.
And – to all of you – Happy Thanksgiving.