“I haven’t seen my son since August,” I said to the clerk at the grocery store check out line yesterday. “He’s coming home Thanksgiving Day at one! Can’t wait!”
She replied, “When our son was in the armed services we didn’t see him for four consecutive Thanksgivings. Now, thank the Lord, we see him, his wife, and kids. It’s wonderful.”
Not everyone is home for Thanksgiving this year. So while we are rejoicing with our families let’s remember those who are celebrating with an empty chair or two.
Let’s also pray for those who are in the throes of a terrible depressive or anxious episode or who are suffering from an outbreak of any mental illness. If that includes a member of your family don’t leave them sitting in a chair isolated in the corner while everyone else enjoys himself or herself. That family member is Jesus on Thanksgiving Day. Act accordingly.
While you feast remember to give thanks for those who are standing guard so you can feast without fear. In addition to those in the armed services across the world remember the firefighters, police, emergency workers, and all medical staff in every hospital across the country. Include those standing guard on suicide hot-lines or with on-call beepers. It’s really nice to know people have your back while you eat turkey.
Finally please don’t forget those who are starving in the world and the homeless who are probably less than a mile away from your home. If you aren’t volunteering this year keep them in your prayers by not throwing out your food. Not throwing out your food is the best way to demonstrate being thankful for it.
Most importantly, give thanks to God Almighty who gives all life. Thanksgiving wouldn’t exist without the gift of life.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
(picture is mine, 2011 I think 😉 )