Changing up the schedule just a wee bit, since it’s a holiday and all!
Happy, happy, Thanksgiving!
I hope everyone is having a peaceful, blessed day.
I know that this will be a tough day for some. Loss, pain, illness, trouble – these blighters don’t take the day off, and they often make themselves felt most on special days like holidays.
To those for whom this day brings pain, I am sorry.
I am sorry for your loss, your pain, your fears. I pray for you today, for a sense of shalom to break through the day and bring you rest. I pray for those blessings you do have to be very clear, and comforting today.
As everyone knows, my ‘holiday’ practice includes taking some time on Thanksgiving (well, really in the week or two surrounding it) to think of the many, many blessings that I have in life, and to fully experience being grateful for them.
Not all blessings are big, or noble. Some of them aren’t even pleasant! But I’m grateful for them nonetheless.
Here are a few that have been shining particularly brightly this year:
My family! (Many are actually legally relatives, but many are not!) I feel so blessed to have people who have loved and supported, listened to, and counselled me through all the chaos of the past couple years! Not to even mention that many years, good and bad, before that.
I’m grateful for the technology that brings them close even though I live far away. I’m grateful that so many of them are healthy and well. And I’m grateful for the care available to those who are ill.
Although the time with them is never is enough, I am grateful for every moment of it.
I live HERE. I am so very, very grateful to live in a quieter, healthier house, and to be surrounded by woods and grey skies! I am so happy when it rains! I am so thankful for my little town and the lovely people I’ve met in it.
I have to work on Thanksgiving! Not a blessing, you say? Well, I admit it’s been a few years since I’ve done it, and there are things I’ll miss about the traditional holiday.
But, I am doing work that I really love, and that work is providing me the opportunity to live this dream of being in a small town in Oregon. Of being freer, and more flexible than I’ve been in years. Of living a healthier life.
And I am so very grateful for this particular opportunity, to test my abilities on a very tough rush job! If I can pull this one off, baby….
And you know what? The holiday isn’t even ruined! I wasn’t planning to travel this year anyway, and while I definitely haven’t time for the whole, traditional shebang, I’ll still have a slightly special meal; the weather is GORGEOUS, and I’ll be looking out on it while I work. That’s holiday enough!
I have faith. I did not value faith nearly highly enough until the LifeWreck rocked it, but it is SUCH a blessing.
Okay, okay, I am also, always, grateful for words, and books, and the public library!! 🙂
Seriously, do you have any idea what a blessing the free public library is?
Or being able to buy books for only a few cents or a dollars? MANY countries have no experience of this.
My life would not be the same without the unbelievable access I have to these treasures!
(Steps down, gently tucks soap box back under coffee table.)
May you be blessed today, regardless of where you’re at right now.
May you find GREAT cause for gratitude!