It’s that time of year—when we think of turkey and dressing (hold the cranberry sauce, please), an afternoon of football and—oops, almost forgot—being thankful.

In the crazy environment in which we live today, it’s easy to forget about being thankful. Schedules are hectic, bills are due, demands are growing—it’s easy to be consumed with the pace and the pressure that surrounds us.

However, for a moment, pause and think about thankfulness. I am thankful to have been blessed with a loving wife, who puts up with me even when I don’t deserve it; two teenage sons, who still claim me even when I embarrass them; and a dog who thinks I’m a hero. (I won’t mention the cat, who considers himself superior to every living soul in the house.) Most of all, I’ve been blessed with God’s grace, with a Lord who loves me despite my sin and who resides within me although I am so, so unworthy.

What about you? Got anything to be thankful for today?
Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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