Open Thankfulness…

06 Dec



Yesterday was EJ’s 4th Birthday and an obvious source of thanksgiving for our not so little boy.

Yesterday I also read one of the blogs that I follow regularly, written by Rachel Held Evans. Rachel’s post was an open letter – but not the normal sort. As she mentions in her post, “they’re [open letters] typically employed to issue one-way rants against people we don’t like, all while maintaining the appearance of a conversation.” But Rachel’s was an open letter thanking someone personally and publicly at the same time.

It is (as always) a well written piece and worth reading it, which you can do so here. At the end of her post, Rachel commented that there were a number of people that she wanted to thank and posed the question –

What about you? To whom would you like to write an open letter of thanks? 

MrsBlunders and I are trying when we can/remember to be more thankful full stop. In our conversations, our dealings with the boys, our driving etc. and we are trying to do it in more obvious ways.

So, it got me thinking and pondering which in turn led to writing an open letter to two great friends, here it is…

Dear Dave & Sharon,

We want to thank you for your love, encouragement, support and belief in the past few years. We are truly thankful for your guidance and prayers through our first somewhat turbulent year in Eastbourne.

You were the first to really start us questioning our theology – you prodded and pulled until we started to wrestle with our picture of God. We thank you for your constant encouragement to follow Jesus and to frame everything around Him. We have and continue to learn so very much from you both.

Thank you for introducing us to Greg Boyd, Alan Hirsch, Pete Greig, Scot McKnight and Kenneth E. Bailey who have continued to prod and pull us!

Thank you for opening your door, for your time and for your hospitality.

We thank you for your humour and your honesty.

We look forward to all that God is leading you into and hope that we play our part in thanking you and working with you for His glory.

You are amazing people and we love you very much,

Be blessed,

Steve & Susie (E and H) x x x

p.s. Dave, thank you for reacquainting me with books! Not sure Susie is so please with the sheer number! 😉

As Rachel mentions we could also thank so many people and we will add that into our blog as a regular post, probably once a month. So look out for your own one very soon!

But, for now I’ll end this post in similar way with an added question.

What about you? To whom would you like to write an open letter of thanks? Could you publicly thank someone today? 

Be blessed,

Grace and Peace,



Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Jesus, Tuesday Thanks


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5 responses to “Open Thankfulness…

  1. Stephanie Bennis

    December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    This post really got me thinking. There are a few people to whom I should write an open letter of thanks. Sure there are my parents, significant other or major life influences, but I’m more drawn to writing this letter to someone who may not realize the impact they’ve had on my life. Maybe it was a brief conversation or even just a hug–I think that unexpected gratitude is the best.

    • blogblunders

      December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Hey Stephanie, thank you for your comment. I agree with you the more unexpected the better, especially to someone who many not realise the impact they have had on you. Now you’ve got me thinking! 🙂 Love your blog layout btw! Be blessed, Steve

  2. iangoldsmith

    December 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Good message Steve. It challenged me to be more generous in my opinions. Thanks mate.

    • blogblunders

      December 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you for your encouragement mate! Be blessed!

  3. Sharon Roberts

    December 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Steve and Susie,

    We’ve just got back on the Internet after arriving in Dieppe yesterday. Thanks for the very moving letter which came just at the right time, in the midst of leaving the friends we’ve made to embark on this new season.

    Your friendship means a lot to us both and the way your lives mirror your beliefs is a source of encouragement.

    Much love to the four of you,

    Sharon and Dave


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