Turkey in the oven. Pies cooling on the countertop. Family gathered around the table. Laughter filling the air.
Or maybe not.
Instead, perhaps your day looks more like…
Driving in the car. Missing your loved one. Serving in a country thousands of miles away from family. Sitting alone. Longing for what’s lost.
Either way, there is much for which to be thankful.
Either way, there is no “right” way to spend this day…no “right” way to give thanks.
Today, and every day, it’s sweet to have dinner cooking and family gathered round the table, laughing and chatting.
It’s also sweet to remember loved ones who have gone. To remember times gone by that were much happier while looking to God’s promises for the future. To drive across country to spend a few hours with friends or family. To sit alone. To serve others while thinking of those you love.
Or maybe a mix of both. That’s where I sit today.
My mom has been cooking since 6 am. She’s juggling ten dishes in her kitchen while Hannah and I sit in mom’s living room watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a yearly tradition. My sister and her husband will come soon and bring Owen who went hunting this morning. My Granny will come with her pumpkin pies soon too.
In a few hours, we will eat, laugh, and enjoy all God’s provided. In the meantime, I am enjoying each text from friends. God has indeed given me sweet people in my world.
But, still, for another year my dad’s seat is empty. My kiddo’s dad is hundreds of miles away. Our lives look very different this year than last. We have lost much…but that’s not where we dwell.
Today, we dwell in what is, not what isn’t. We dwell in the sweet arms of our Savior to whom we give ALL our thanks for his son.
When we view today in light of the gospel, knowing Jesus RESCUED us at the cross from our sin and certain death, knowing there is NOTHING that can separate us from His love, we can not HELP but be thankful.
Our life is a gift. Your life is a gift.
No matter what it looks like right now, there is hope: Jesus.
And that alone is reason enough to be thankful, friends.
On this and every day, I am thankful for each of you who reads and loves and supports. I pray that your day is filled with joy and thankfulness.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 – A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15