Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107: 8 -9
I hope your Thanksgiving Day was a blessed one and that you enjoyed some great food! We had a wonderful time with family at Kelly and Drue’s and were so grateful for the opportunity to all be together. There’s nothing sweeter than sitting around the table together, eating, talking, laughing, and listening to the boys tell us what they are most thankful for. It was amazing how they could put it all into perspective – as they spoke with such clarity about what is truly important.
These times are rare for all of us to be together, and it was such a blessing to just sit, watch my family interact, and take it all in. The boys were so happy to have their Uncle Scott and Aunt Emily with them, and I loved listening to their conversations, as well as all the other different conversations that were going on around me throughout the day. It was your typical Thanksgiving Day – a little football, a little of the Thanksgiving Day parade, and lots of eating, but most of all, I just enjoyed us all being together. There was something so comforting about the normal routine, the laughter, and the sound of those voices that I love to hear.
I love this holiday, not just for the delicious food (cooked by Drue and Kelly, which I was very thankful for) and the special times with family, but for some reason, this day always brings a nostalgic reminder of how blessed my life has been and how grateful I am for the people God has placed in it – my parents, grandparents, siblings, friends – all those people who have blessed my life in so many ways. My heart is filled with overwhelming gratitude and love for God and the life He has given me.
When you feel you’ve been given another chance, you never want to take any part of life for granted and always be grateful for each and every day. And on this day, I am so thankful that our family is happy and doing well. God is so good to us and I know how undeserving we are. Yet, there is so much about life we can’t understand.
There have been such tragedies in our community in recent weeks, and my heart has ached for the families of those involved. We can look around our nation and world on any given day and see so many people hurting and in despair. We don’t know why some have to suffer such tremendous pain and sadness, and we certainly don’t understand why some have so much and others, so little. But our God sees and He knows.
We often lose hope when we go through difficult times, but He can take our broken hearts and mend them with His love. He can fill our hearts with strength, peace, hope, and comfort if we will depend on His grace. He longs to satisfy our thirsty souls and fill our hearts and minds with Him – giving us His assurance that we can always hold on to Him.
How grateful I am this Thanksgiving for His unfailing love and all the wonderful deeds He has done and continues to do in my life. I praise His most holy name.
Our most gracious and loving Lord, we thank you for the gift of life and family, for the blessings of your presence in our lives, and for times such as these to reflect on your goodness to us. May we never take your love and grace for granted and always give you praise. Amen