Pondering giving thanks tonight…

Giving thanks tonight.

Today family has gathered. Maybe yours are coming tomorrow. Some of you are traveling while others are playing hostess.

Are you just now getting to the grocery on Thanksgiving Eve? Bless you. I made my third visit to Wal-Mart in as many days. Why, you ask? If I answer, it will destroy your image of me as the organized, detail-oriented, list maker I say I am. Can we just leave it at that?

Giving thanks tonight.

We enjoyed dinner with my parents and son’s family. A casual meal complete with Dump Cake. Before the evening was over, son had literally cleaned out the cake pan with a spoon. We love food over here! And we love just hanging out together.

Giving thanks tonight.

Grandson kept us laughing all evening. He’s two and a half all boy. Football, ninja turtles and power rangers are currently his favorites. There were a couple of meltdowns and a timeout or two. The night ended with hugs and kisses.

Giving thanks tonight.

As I sit here writing, I can hear husband and my dad visiting in the next room. Basketball is playing on the TV. They are working on a tin bucket of popcorn. Mom is puttering around, probably cleaning something in the kitchen. Good times.

In the morning, we will prepare our contributions for the Thanksgiving feast.

We are eating at the home of my brother’s mother-in-law. She lost her husband this past summer. To host our crowd of fourteen will help her through the holiday. She is a wonderful hostess.

And we will give thanks.

A few days ago, we received word that my husband’s step-father has been given only a few months to live. The doctors say they have done all they can. The holiday will be difficult. His life is in God’s hands. We believe God is able. For many around us, it will be a day filled with loneliness, loss and less-than.

And we give thanks.

For most of us in the USA, tomorrow will be a day of abundance – family, feasting, football, fun and fulfillment. For many around us, it will be a day filled with loneliness, loss and less-than. If Thanksgiving Day is a day of abundance for you, give thanks. Have a heart of gratitude for all you have been given. And look for an opportunity to bless someone who’s day is less-than.

If Thanksgiving Day 2014 is less than abundant for you…

  • I pray you will feel the comfort of God.
  • I pray that the days ahead bring provision and answers.
  • I pray help is on the way – deliverance, healing, and abundance be yours.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…And be thankful. – Colossians 3.15 (NIV)