It’s Thanksgiving Day, the second one without my husband. It’s also my 46th Birthday, the double-whammy that happens every now and then. I can’t believe I’ve made it to round two, but I’m still thankful for so much in this unplanned life I’ve been given. I’m grateful for the family surrounding me today. I’m thankful for all of you, for voluntarily sharing in my journey. I’m thankful for your understanding of the feelings I write and for having courage to share your stories with me and with each other sometimes. I know it’s not the life we hoped for, but there’s still so much beauty in it. You are all part of the blessing that was revealed because of pain and loss.
Today I’m ten hours from home, surrounded by nephews and nieces, my brother and sister, their spouses, all THREE of my children, a couple of dogs and a million other blessings formerly less acknowledged.
I’m thinking of all of YOU this Thanksgiving. I pray your blessings shine brightly today to light up the dark parts of grief that sometimes surface during holidays. I pray you feel loved. And I hope you get extra pie.
Thanks for being with me. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!
Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.