“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~ There are days we encounter that make it difficult to say “thank you” for our circumstances, our resources (or lack there of), our family and even our life. Yet, each year in America, we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, which is meant to cause us to stop and appreciate all that we do have and are blessed with.
Today in some homes, there will be crowds of family and friends gathering together, sharing food, stories, and laughter. In some homes there will be new life of children recently being born with the cheerful spirit of young ones running around. In some homes, there will be an empty place setting of those who have gone on before us. Then there will be many homes in which an invitation was not sent, where one will be alone.
Holidays can sometimes be difficult for me, as I see the world in a way many do not understand. Outsiders see the beautiful family that I am very blessed with; a husband with whom I adore, daughters who fill my heart with joy, and extended family that I love. Yet there is and always will be a piece of me that is missing that causes me to reflect in silence while tears gently fall. It is because of this missing link that causes me to appreciate all the more of what I do have.
As I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, there is a special kind of love that flourishes as we gather to share what we have to offer to our meal and our time together, and our thanks to our God who provides. The missing place setting fills our hearts with fond memories of our past. The conversations, the tongue-in-cheek teasing, the warm greeting of embrace are all part of what our Thanksgiving day entails.
Thanksgiving is more than the gathering of family and friends as it is about taking time out to acknowledge our blessings and sharing of what we have while giving thanks. Today my heart was heavy for those with no family, were lonely without a place to go, and for those who go without everyday. This might be a tight year for us, but we have a food, clothing and shelter, but most of all, love and a warm embrace at the end of each day. That in itself, is a blessing that even some of the wealthiest do not get to experience.
Thankfulness is about gratitude, love and appreciation. It comes at no cost other than to recognize and acknowledge, even the smallest of blessings, with a cheerful heart.
Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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