Nothing to Be Thankful For?

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This is a bittersweet day - so many changes from last year.  My husband and brother gone, my mom in a nursing home, it will be a much smaller gathering than we’ve had before.  But - the house is still filled with love and for that I am always and forever grateful.  

Thanksgiving was a big deal at our house when I was little.  My mom would be bustling in the kitchen early in the morning, and I remember the smells wafting into my bedroom waking me up.

It was a day of anticipation.

Food - lots of food.

And family.

Lots of family and friends.

Things are so much different now.

Much of our family either lives far away or has passed on.

With all of my allergies, sensitivities, and food intolerances, my Thanksgiving dinner bears little resemblance to the mounds of tempting goodies I was able to indulge in years ago.

The day simply isn’t the same.

There are times I wish I could freeze moments and hold on to them.

Yet, as my mom loses her memory, I realize that even memories are vulnerable.

This could easily be a day for me to dissolve into loneliness and depression.

Yet, I won’t let it be.

I’m so glad that I learned that there is more.

There is that silver thread of hope that winds through all our lives.

We may see it readily.

We might not.

But, it is there … it is there.

Christ is that silver thread that weaves its way through our lives.  

It may look tarnished to you right now.

You may not even see that it is evident in your life at the moment.

Perhaps you, like I, have had many losses this year.  Perhaps you see little of worth left in your life.

But take heart.

Even when not seen, Christ is weaving the moments of our lives together.

And every day can be a day of anticipation as we wait eagerly for the banquet in store for us when we see Him face to face.

Friends?

Family?

We will all feast together in His presence.

And for that, I am thankful.

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying,

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”  Revelation 7:11-13

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