Continuing Thanksgiving Family Traditions

An annual tradition my family has observed since my boys were old enough to write has been setting aside some time Thanksgiving weekend to share the “Top 10” things we were thankful for that year.  I must confess that this past year, while I did compile my list (I posted it HERE on this blog), we never found time to sit together and share them.

Nate, our resident funny guy, now a freshmen at Moody Bible College in Chicago, will be home for Thanksgiving.  This morning the three of us at home received this email: (Please remember he is 18 years old and has a very colorful personality.  Don’t be offended by his attempt at humor.) Personally, I thought it was hilarious.

Dear family,

If you are receiving this email it is because you are, willingly or unwillingly, (although, to be precise, Ron and Cheryl were willing, and Jeremy and I were unwilling in the sense that we had nothing to do with the formation of our family) part of the Edmondson family Thankful tradition. As you know, due to Ron’s poor leadership and apathetic family world view, we failed to fulfill our annual commitment to be thankful last year. Because of the broken covenant, and my lack of confidence in Ron to regain control of the reins in our family derby called the Thankful tradition, I am taking it upon myself to lead our family back to morality, and most importantly, spirituality (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

In order to make up for our departure from the Edmondsonic Covenant, I am requiring us all have 20 Thankful’s this year. You may deem this too demanding, but I assure you, that is only because of how soft Ron has become. (Sometimes I’m forced to ponder his sexuality as well.)

You have a week to complete your list. I know you will be blessed as you find joy in being thankful.

I loathe having to force my command on this issue, but all authority is from God. Therefore, I urge you to follow through with my request. For it is written, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

God bless you as you embark on the thankful journey lain out before you in this the 2010th year of our Lord.



Isn’t it fun to watch your children take on the traditions you started with them?

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