O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

I Am Thankful

I am thankful.

I am thankful for my own good health and good friends, and for my wife’s good health and good friends, and for my kids’ continued good health and good friends.

I am thankful for ground Sumatra coffee from Starbucks.

I am thankful for blog readers and Twitter followers and for a place to make too-honest confessions and write about what I like. (Thank you for reading, btw.)


I am thankful for good conversations with new Internet friends, whether they are romance novelists, atheists, professional subtitlers or, well, myself.

I am thankful for the churches, non-profits, retirement centers, banks, and clothiers that continue to hire me out so I can pay the bills.

I am thankful for long outside runs, even into a steady north wind, because it reminds me that my legs work, and I’m healthy, and I’m alive.


I am thankful that both of my children like to play Scrabble.

I am thankful that Owen always wants me to play basketball with him, and that Ellie keeps asking when she can read the children’s novel I started writing.

I am thankful for my wife’s chocolate chip cookies, which are the best in the western hemisphere and have insane fans on both the west and east coasts of the United States, and in Colorado, too.

I am thankful I get to spend this weekend with my four grandparents, all of which are still living and active and one of which still defeats me on a regular basis in ping-pong, despite being 87 years old.

I am thankful for bloggers/writers like Rachel Held Evans and singer/songwriters like Shellee Coley who are doing excellent work on the subject of spiritual doubt. (If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s an interview with me at Rachel’s blog. I intend to interview her sometime soon. Watch for it.)


I am thankful for The Amazing Race, Storm Chasers, How I Met Your Mother, Castle, and the impending returns of Burn Notice and Chuck. Oh, and Lost, too.

I am thankful that my wife is not especially interested in doing any shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, because she is cool that way. And because she is also cool in the way in which our Christmas shopping is already done, thanks to her.

I am thankful that after spending most of the 1990s hoping that someday I’d get to write books, I have spent most of the 2000s writing books.

I am thankful for readers.

I am thankful for you.

I am thankful for grace.


I’m going dark. Blog silence until after Thanksgiving weekend. Have a great holiday and I’ll see you next week.

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posted November 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I'm thankful that I found your blog! For some strange reason I have only followed blogs written by atheists up to this point. As a Christian (with a rather wobbly walk) I find your opinions, authenticity and occasional snarks really hit the spot. In the words of one of my favorite Weakerthans songs: 'I'm so glad that you exist'Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving

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Jason Boyett

posted November 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

eileen:So glad to be your first Christian blog in a sea of atheists! Thanks so much for reading…

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posted November 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm

This is a great list, Jason. Your kids sound wonderful! And yeah, Burn Notice is pretty much the best. I can't wait until it comes back. Although, we can't watch it right before bed, or I'll dream I'm being chased by bad guys and shooting people and blowing stuff up, which isn't really conducive to peaceful sleep…

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Rachel H. Evans

posted November 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I'm thankful for the shout-out…and for the chance to get to know you better, Jason. Thanks for your humor, your insight, and your willingness to share your doubts.

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Matthew H. John

posted November 25, 2009 at 12:32 am

I'm thankful we had you writing for us for a couple years.

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Matt @ The Church of No People

posted November 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

I think this is the theme of most blogs today, and it's really fitting. It's great to be able to share thankfulness with so many people.

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Tess Mallory

posted November 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for sharing your thankfulness with us, Jason. And also for sharing your Realness and your Humor! I'm so thankful to have met you via the InterWebs, and to know there are Christians out there that aren't perfect, and aren't afraid to be honest about how they feel. You give me courage, and inspire me to follow what I feel that God is saying to me about being real. Thank you for the interview, and for "friending" me. God bless you and your delightful family, and tell your wife I am begging for her Chocolate chip cookie recipe!! Have a glorious holiday.hugs,(NSH)Tess p.s. I read part of the Pocket Guide to the Bible last night. I am awed at the work you put into this and your other books. Awesome!! Kept me up again!

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Tess Mallory

posted November 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Also, if you ever wanna play Scrabble on Facebook, invite me to a game. I love it!!!

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