Thursday, November 24, 2011
It is Thanksgiving morning. Patty is busy in the kitchen finishing up her preparations for the day. She makes a mighty good pie (cherry, pumpkin and pecan). In a little while we will shower and dress and head to Strasburg where we will gather with brothers and sister, cousins, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, aunts and uncles and my Dad. I suspect there will be 60 or 65 in all. They will have come from Texas and Minnesota, Colorado and Kansas; for a single purpose......to give thanks. Oh, I don't mean we won't eat. We will do that. There will be fried turkey, smoked turkey, baked turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, oyster stuffing and cornbread stuffing. There will be salads,hot rolls, fresh vegetables, Patty's pies and other good things that will delight the palate. We will play football in the church yard and spend a few hours at the local schoolhouse playing volleyball. Sometime during the afternoon there will be a card game. But sometime before all of the eating and playing and picture taking and story telling there will be some moments when we bow our heads and offer thanks to our God. The one who made us and sustains us and blesses us beyond our ability to imagine blessing. We will give thanks for those who have gathered and for those who were unable to be with us. We will give thanks for those who are no longer with us because they have gone home to the father. We will give thanks for the generation that birthed us and loved us and taught us the stories of faith. We will give thanks for the sounds of life among us and the plenty set before us. We will give thanks for the country of our birth, for the beauty of creation, for the abilities within us. And finally we will give thanks for our Savior and the promise of eternity. Some who will gather with us today may not be with us next year at this time. That will sadden us in the moment, but we take great joy in the knowledge that Jesus Christ has prepared a place for them and that other whom we love wait for them there in that "great crowd of witnesses". I am blessed to be part of this family. I take joy in being part of this piece of humanity. But my greatest joy, my greatest thanksgiving is to know that as much as I have been blessed in this life......I ain't seen nothing yet! God's goodness is everywhere. I hope you see it today and give thanks. It is a great day to be caught up in the love of God.