28 November 2014

Give Thanks

For the send-off hugs
and the landed planes,
for the converter plugs
and when jet lag wanes,
give thanks.

For the word of the day
and the language ache,
for the mistakes we say
and for progress we make,
give thanks.

For the cultures crossed
and the confusion of 'home,'
for the boasting lost,
and the strength to roam,
give thanks.

For familiarity afar
and for new comforts near,
for the local bizarre (or bazaar)
and the accepting of 'here,'
give thanks.

For friendships worldwide
and a community abroad,
for a place to abide
that is rooted in God,
give thanks.

For our colorful lives
and our growing pains,
for our love that survives
and our faith that sustains,
give thanks.

For breath to behold
and a soul to sing,
for His Story we hold
and to Whom we now cling,
yes, in everything,
give thanks.


Happy Thanksgiving,

What else can we thank God for in our lives overseas?
And how did you spend your Thanksgiving? I'd love to hear about your celebration!

This poem is part of a conversation on thankfulness at Velvet Ashes' The Grove

Related articles you may also appreciate:
A TCK's Thanksgiving Poem
You Are: A poem praising Him
Connecting Vine: A Sonnet


  1. Beautiful, Malia! Thank you for sharing this with us at Velvet Ashes!

    1. You're welcome! It's such an encouraging community there. :)

  2. Beautifully penned Malia!!

    1. Thank you! I hope you were blessed. :)

  3. I love your poetry! Keep writing, my friend! Thank you for sharing your gift.


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