I always think about my daughter Becky, who is living in Germany now, this time of year. She was five and in kindergarten and asked by the teacher what she was most thankful for and she said "cranberry sauce".
As I get older, I am mellowing some, as all good cheese and good wine does. I am a little fatter than I would like to be and my knees don't work as well as they used to, but I do see that I have much to be thankful for. We all do. This crazy world that we live in just goes faster and faster, spinning out of control. Or it seems to be, but we must remember that it is not and that our faith is not in this world, but the one to come. Those of you that know me know that I put my faith in the Lord, I have to. Life is just to scary without that firm hand to guide me and that unconditional love that envelopes me and carries me through life.
It has been a tough year for us, three deaths in our family, some surgeries, family illnesses and traumas, but the Lord has been faithful. In amongst the turmoil, there He is, with His steady hand and loving arms. He is there for all of us, we just need to call out to Him and open our hearts. So this Thanksgiving, inspite of it seeming to be one of the worst years of my life, it really has been one of the best. The best because all the hurt that I have felt has drawn me closer to Him - I am most thankful for Jesus. He has surrounded me with a wonderful loving family and caring friends. I am thankful!
I wish you all the best Thanksgiving ever, and though times are tough and it seems there is no answer, there is, He is standing right in front of you, waiting. All your problems will not go away, but you will have a friend, that sticks closer than a brother. Happy Thanksgiving, My Friends - Enjoy your friends and family and be safe!
Some of my favorite Thanksgiving items from Etsy...