On the eve of Thanksgiving, throughout of the day yesterday, and still this morning ~ the daily Facebook posts on things people are thankful for. Some posts touch my heart more than others. I read of families celebrating their first Thanksgiving without a loved who passed away during the year.
On the flip side, there were families (like mine) who haven't celebrated Thanksgiving together since the loss of a loved one, and this year marked a huge step forward. There is so much to be thankful for ~ if you lost a loved one and this is your first year without them sitting with you, there is hope, you were still together keeping their memory alive. The sadness and grief is inevitable yet the comfort found in togetherness is such a blessing. Please know a special prayer was said for you too.
Our family, similar to many of yours, has faced loss, tragedy, and celebrations over the years. We each are on a journey different, yet similar to others. Our faith, lack there of, or religions may vary. Winter holidays and snow have started. Some will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast surrounded by many. Others will have a smaller number around the table, and sadly...some will be alone. Regardless of your situation, location, or plans for this holiday week ~ may I extend a thought to ponder for you?
We are all different, yet the same. One thing I think that is common to all of humankind is this ~ we all want to be loved, accepted, and valued. Do you agree? Can you think of someone looking for these three simple, yet BIG things in their life? Is there room at your Thanksgiving table for one more? What about calling them to meet for coffee?
On the flip side, there are those who might cross our paths only once. How do we respond? Are we showing love, acceptance, and value to them? I wish I could say, "I always do." but I can't. I try and pray to show and share God's love to all I meet.
It is for this reason I share one reader's testimony. There are days I cover my eyes and cry because life seems to be winning and I ask all those silly "W" questions. These also seem to be the days, when God uses someone like you, to encourage and remind me of his love for me and others, to keep trusting, and move forward in faith.
~ Please leave a note of encouragement for this reader below ~
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323