Shall we spread it around? Just as a frown or a snide remark is contagious, but so are smiles and kind words and gratitude. In the holiday that is fast approaching, it is likely that we are thankful for what our forefathers went through to give us the bounty we have now ~ and likely are cooking and baking as we speak. May all of you exchange smiles around the table as you gather to share America’s abundant blessings with those you love.
Many will travel. Fortunately, we don’t have to. We have family coming to us. Our new family is gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving, delightedly using new china and silver. But more importantly, we are grateful to the God of heaven for the gift of family He has given us. We gather to share our blessings and pass them along. Yep. All this good stuff can be shared all year long and that’s a very good thing.
I can’t close without mentioning that there are folks who do not have family to celebrate with and will be searching for a soup kitchen where volunteers serve them a meal. There are others who are handicapped and struggle each day whether it is a holiday or not. May we reach out to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus wherever there’s a need.
I have not been writing regularly and I promise to do better. No, I have not been traveling around Europe. Instead, I chose to have a hammer toe repaired. Right now my foot is swollen from trying to walk on it while wearing a 50 # boot or so it feels. Toe has my mother’s hat pin sticking out of the end of it . . . surely not, but there’s a resemblance. But this is a temporary set back and I am grateful that God designed our bodies to heal themselves even as we age.
So for those of you who think you have nothing for which to be thankful. Take a moment and look back at how God has led and thank Him for always being there. Me too.
Thank God! Pray to Him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what He has done!
Sing Him songs, belt out hymns,
translate His wonders into music!
Honor His Holy Name with hallelujahs,
you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for His works;
be alert for signs of His presence.
Remember the world of wonders He has made,
His miracles, and the verdicts He’s rendered—
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O child of Jacob, His chosen. Psalm 105:1-6
Seed of Abraham? That’s us!