Thankful to Know God

Happy Thanksgiving, Kids!

I inherited from Mimi & Pa this Nelson Deluxe Family Reference Bible (King James Version). It was a gift that Pa received from his Marion Laboratories associates and their spouses when he retired.

I will cherish this Bible, because it demonstrates how Mimi & Pa had influenced them over the years as working relationships evolved into close friendships. They understood, by the lives that Mimi & Pa lived, that faith, family & friends, and work, were of the utmost importance.

Most of all, I will cherish it, because it is God speaking to me. As I read its pages, He tells me that I am His child and that every good gift I receive is from Him. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful to know God, my Father in Heaven, and I’m thankful for these very good gifts He has given me:

My family
His Son, Jesus
His Holy Spirit
His family

Triumphant is one of the groups I saw perform at Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic this past summer. Their song, “Thankful, So Thankful,” is perfect for Thanksgiving. Check it out! And, Keith & Kristyn Getty released another wonderful song just in time for Thanksgiving, “My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness.” Check it out too!

I love you!

Thankful, So Thankful
by Triumphant

I woke up this morning
With happiness inside
Then I was reminded
God is good all the time

I’m thankful, so thankful
For the love that He showed
On a cross on a hill
Where He paid for every sin

He’s faithful, and I’m grateful
For the life that He gave
So that I could be saved
And live forever with Him

Even in a valley I can say Lord,
Oh I’m thankful

Mercy, hope, and favor
Amazing grace and love
Given by my Savior
Shining down from above


Even on my worst days
I will lift my voice
I have every reason
To rejoice


The Silver Dollar City performance:

Check it out, “My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness,” by Keith & Kristyn Getty:

Lyric video:

Ewing Marion Kauffman (“Mr. K”) founded Marion Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company in Kansas City, MO. While he organized the sales department, Mr. K invited Pa to join the team. Over the years, Mr. K & his wife, Muriel, cultivated a love for Mimi & Pa, and they really enjoyed hosting our entire family for Royals games in their owner’s suite at the stadium, which is named after him.
Enter the next generation.

Caleb shared his Royals connection with Mike on “Breaking it Down with Bordick”:

I’m so glad that Mimi & Pa got to see Caleb play in the 2014 American League Championship Series (Orioles vs Royals) before they passed away unexpectedly the following year.