As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed,and overflowing with gratitude.
Thought for the Day: What are we thankful for?
There is a special moment, actually a lot of moments, when I remember our family traveling to my grandmother’s house. I don’t remember any arguments before we got in the car to travel. I don’t remember the fights in the car, although I am sure there were many. I do remember the drive, trying to sleep or trying to entertain myself in some way. Counting mile markers on the interstate, for one. I remember my daddy turning onto Brunswick Road because I knew we were almost there? Then, I remember driving into the driveway. Sometimes we drove in from the Brunswick Road driveway and other times taking the backroads and driving in the back driveway from Davis Plantation Road. I always looked at the other cars, and their license plates to see which cousins were already there. Weakley County meant that Kay, Joy, Ron, and Ann were already there. Madison County meant that my cousins Amy and Debbie were there. Crockett meant that Alonda, Alecia, and Reid had already arrived. Cousins Keith, Joanne, and Vikki were always there because they lived near my grandmother. My cousin, Dan, was already working in Memphis so he would drive up in his MG which all of us thought was pretty cool. Wait, a lot of memories have already been mentioned, but the best Thanksgiving memory has not.
“Mama Ed”, my grandmother would always come to the door to greet us when we entered. My little 4’ 9” Mama Ed had the most precious hug and we knew we were welcomed. That was Thanksgiving! That was Thanksgiving! Going on in, we were welcomed by the hugs from all of our aunts and uncles. Sitting with the other children during the meal was precious and I remember having the time of my life. As we ate, I remember watching my brothers, who were both in wheelchairs, sharing time with the cousins nearer their ages. There was a normalcy there that was special as they were totally a part of conversations and stories.
So much is gone now as many of my family, young and old, have passed away. But I have those special memories that flow into my mind around this time of year. My husband and I have a lot of memories of Thanksgivings and tear up as we think of those who are no longer with us. We weep each year as we make decisions on what we are going to do on THIS Thanksiving. New traditions with our own two sweet boys have begun, but some of the new traditions are that we do something different each year, depending on other’s schedules. Tomorrow, we will travel 2 ½ hours to the mountains to visit my sweet cousin, Teresa. We found each other about three years ago and I am excited to meet another part of my family. My husband is excited as we finally made a decision and that he has already found a love for Teresa and her husband. Our boys love their “Aunt Teresa” now and look forward to walking into a house full of love.
Thanksgiving is giving thanks for where we are in the present, but remembering the past. Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God for putting us in the places He moves us, and knowing that it was God’s hand that led us right where we are. Thanksgiving is finding a way to give thanks even when circumstances are not perfect. Thanksgiving is giving thanks IN all circumstances. Happy Thanksgiving.
Prayer: Our Father in Heaven! Thank you for memories of Thanksgivings past. Thank you for new memories we make during Thanksgivings present. Be with all our family members and friends who are hurting and grieving those who are no longer with us. Be with those who are sick and need to feel your arms around them. Be with those who are not happy and help them feel your love. All this we pray this Thanksgiving, Amen.