The most wonderful time of the year was sung, surely, for the holiday that is Thanksgiving. While to be sure the food is of great focus....and for some football plays some role....it is difficult to ruin this holiday with externals. While my love for Christmas is based upon an incarnate Lord, my love for Thanksgiving is that just once per year there seems to be a universal spirit of thanks. And while my family will offer thanks to their Lord, there is a sense of commonality in Americans taking to just be thankful. Before I even begin to list what I am thankful for I will say that I am thankful just for the ability to be thankful....that as glum as I feel I have gotten over the past months...surely as frightful as my mood can become....as negative as some of my comments have (scarily) become....the ability to list what I am thankful for has not waxed or waned. (I will pray the glumness, frightful moods & negative comments begin to wax and wane as well.)
I am so very thankful for ~
Providence & Purpose....were it not for knowing that all things come as a package of Providence for His Good Purpose I don't believe anything else would have much meaning.
Memories....what lovely times we can recall as a family - laughter & tears - to have lives which can be lived looking forward while smiling at the past is a gift.
Stuffing....as I chopped and diced celery & onion reading Lil's recipe for basic bread stuffing I am thankful that my senses are all fully functioning and that in the act of reading, chopping, smelling, tasting even the family that has left this earth is somehow still here.
Handwriting.....in an era of computers and keyboards I am thankful for the snippets of handwriting I have which belonged to my mother. In recipe books, in boxes of decorations & linens saved. Seeing the script helps me remember the hands.
Laughter....to be able to laugh in the midst of difficult circumstances does not belittle to seriousness of the circumstance. I do believe, however, that it keeps us all a bit healthier, a bit more grounded, a bit more united in the circumstance.
Family....being together is more of a gift in some years than we realize. We may be in varying degrees of health but being together takes on even more importance when we know that togetherness is not forever while on this earth.
Friends....being an only child you'd never guess the sisters I have. I am so thankful for each one, for the sister from Brazil who may very well be my blood & for the sisters who are willing to occasionally read a book with me.
On this Thanksgiving and especially in the coming hours and days and months I am thankful. I may struggle on occasion to remember this, but in my spirit, in my heart of hearts I am truly thankful.