Thanksgiving

The past is finished,
The present is here,
The future is coming,
but there's no need to fear.

Today is special
it's a celebration of thanks,
And of recognizing a story
that takes place on Jordan's banks.

Joshua was told
to have twelve men
Take twelve stones from the river
so they wouldn't forget God
but they're human
and they did.

We remember pain,
sorrow & lust,
We remember being broken,
and losing trust.
We remember the trivial things
and we remember the dark,
It seems to always be night,
and we never listen for a lark.

I never imagined
how God could love
I never imagined the peace
on the wings of a dove.

I have so much
to be thankful for
I'll tell you a few
but know that there's more.

I'm thankful for having
a roof over my head,
I'm thankful that I
can go to sleep in a bed,
I'm thankful that I
have music in my life
I have it to rely on
in times of deep strife,
I'm thankful that I am
such a passionate writer & poet,
giving thanks as I write this,
though I did not know it,
I'm thankful for all the people
that care so much about me,
and take all the time
to help set my soul free,
I'm thankful for God
and for Laura
and Bridget,
Joanne,
and Kelly,
and Jonathan, too,
for Bryant,
and Lucy,
Kylie & Annah,
Hanna, Mitch,
Alex,
Danielle,
Lindsay,
and Brian,
Jeremy, too,
Anna & Dale,
& Matt,
Addie,
Ben,
and Paul,
for teachers
like Mz. Rateike
Ms. Beck,
and Amber Team, too,
Blade,
Jared,
Sophie, Michelle,
for all of the people
who are alive & well
but I'm also thankful
for those who have passed,
I know that the memories
forever will last
I'm thankful for Kerry,
for Philip & Trevor,
LOVE,
& Nicole,
Nate, too,
Diksha,
Marcie,
Zoe,
and for music,
for true love,
for safety,
for words & language,
for creativity & intelligence,
for beauty both inside & out,
for Heather,
Annicia, Abbey,
Amy,
for the people in our country
for keeping us free,
Annika,
Baiqiao,
Vanni, too,
Morgan & Kitty,
& Piper & Katie
Tim in Spanish,
I'm thankful for compassion,
Taylor,
& Cole,
Miz. Laura,
and small groups on Wednesday nights,
Georgia,
Jasmine (x 2),
Jade,
FRIENDSHIP,
and Andrea,
Anne, my old leader,
Brittany & Megan,
Sarah, Margaret,
Melanie,
Katy,
for sailing, too,
Joe & Katie,
Jon & Courtney,
& Auntie Sue,
Uncle Bruce,
I'm thankful for
grandma,
grandpa,
and I guess my mom & dad,
for the good ol' U.S.A.,
David,
Nathan,
and Anna E,
Callie,
& Kim,
CARE,
Grace, Emily,
Alex I, too,
for parties,
& fun,
& the good times,
for Kathryn,
Kelly U,
for the heartache
& pain
that have made me stronger,
Ricardo,
Benny,
& also for myself,
Bob Marley kid, you rock,
Brandy,
hopes & dreams,
Jess,
Mrs. Goertz & her humor,
& to everyone else
who I may not have mentioned
you're also who I am thankful for...

I guess that even though
I'm so familliar with strife,
I have to say
I'm thankful for life,
& now that I know
that your love is true,
I have to say, God,
I'm so thankful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving.