Today, I am particularly thankful for all of my friends and family who make facing a lifetime of celibacy seem not so bad.
I'm thankful for my parents and sister, whose unconditional love and support allows me to be who I am in Christ.
I'm thankful for my surrogate families who let me come over, sleep on the couch, raid the fridge, and stay for a few days without even asking. Belonging to your families means more to me than you know. I'm thankful for the sacrifices that you all make in order to let me experience the kind of familial love in which, as Eve Tushnet describes, "we all come first at times, and nobody is just there as support personnel."
I'm thankful for my "brothers and sisters" who love me like blood, and include me in your family lives. Whether it's playing Tiger Woods, spontaneous outings in the middle of the night, or late night talks in California about tough issues, you all make me feel God's love in tangible ways.
I'm thankful for my "nieces and nephews" who I get to take Trick or Treating, and who send me valentines in the mail because they know that February 14 can be kind of a hard day. Being "Uncle Nick" or "Nicky" is one of my great joys.
You are all good gifts from God, and I thank him in all my remembrance of you (Phil. 1:3).
And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. AND NOW WE THANK YOU, our God, and praise your glorious name." ~ 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!