Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

Thanksgiving Reflections

It has been an interesting fall this year with lots of ‘firsts’ for my family and me. 

This is the first time in 15 years we have not had two children at home living under the roof.

This is the first time in 15 years we have not had at least one child at home being home schooled.

This is the first time ever we are paying college tuition (yikes).

This list the first time ever I am really thinking about what an empty nest might look like for my wife Pam and me.

That last one requires me to take a pause.

Whenever I sit and reflect on a season of my life like this, I always find myself being so thankful and grateful even if the season had some choppy waters. This season had some emotional choppy waters to navigate, but I still find myself being so grateful for all that God has given me and my family.

It feels a bit cliche to say that this time of year, but I guess that’s why something becomes cliche because it is so true for so many over and over again.  

I know that I am not alone at all in feeling thankful and grateful during this time of year. However, sometimes it gets to be too much to try and read everyone’s social media posts about how thankful they are or to read emails like this. 

My hope is that each person who posts or writes is as genuinely thankful as I am.  

I am thankful for you and I pray that your Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays go slowly so you can soak it all in.

I wonder what other ‘firsts’ there will be for me and my family during this holiday season? What firsts have you experienced this year?

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Alan serves as Vice President of Generis, a company that exists to accelerate generosity toward the church's God-inspired vision.

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