39. Coffee (and Other Things for Which I’m Thankful)

I’m thankful for coffee. I think there may actually have been three trees in the Garden of Eden—the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Tree of Life and the Coffee Tree—and God in his mercy allowed Adam and Eve to enjoy the Coffee Tree even after they had forfeited their right to the others.

All right, that apocryphal bit of Bible trivia is completely fictitious. Probably. Even so, coffee is a blessing of God and something for which I’m very thankful. It’s not the only thing. There are a lot of things for which I thank God. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, this seems like a good time to mention a few of them.

I’m thankful for my friends, who brighten my existence.

I’m thankful for tea, which is every bit as heavenly and delicious as coffee.

I’m thankful for Bethel College and the financial aid that has allowed me to graduate.

I’m thankful for J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and all the other wonderful authors whose first and middle names are always initialed.

I’m thankful for the daily necessities of life, which God has never failed to provide for me.

I’m thankful for storytelling and creative writing, without which life wouldn’t be one half so interesting.

I’m thankful for humor, without which life wouldn’t be one half so tolerable.

I’m thankful for my family and relatives, who have put up with me patiently for more than twenty-one years.

I’m thankful for a God who makes things right.

For what are you thankful? Let us know in the comments!

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