As the fall decorations came down last night, I noticed that many of them said “Give Thanks”, or “Happy Thanksgiving”, even though they have been up since early October. I love this time of year when the leaves change, and we remember to give thanks to God who made us.
Looking back at previous blog posts, I notice that several highlight the topic of being thankful. Check out the one from May of 2018. That is one of my favorites.
Some of you may also remember that “Gratitude” has been MY ONE WORD for 2020. I chose it last December without an inkling of how this year would unfold. (I am working on my new word for 2021 and will give you an update on that very soon.)
When I chose Gratitude I did not know that:
Hubby would be placed under Hospice care in March.
We would experience a pandemic that lasted from March until who know when?
Hubby and I would eat Thanksgiving dinner alone.
We would have to make so many difficult decisions about feeding tubes and about taking him to the hospital or not (when he recently had a TIA).
We would be so blessed by God and surrounded by family and friends who love us and care for us.
And I could go on and on about how blessed we are, but I want to share just two quick stories because Thanksgiving is not over!
First, hubby’s college roommate came to visit him this week. That may sound trivial until I tell you that he flew here from another state just to spend 90 minutes with us. Can you imagine that? During his visit we laughed, we reminisced about old times, and we recounted college escapades. But the sweetest thing he did was sing for hubby. We were all music majors “back in the day”, and we spent many hours in practice rooms learning music in preparation for voice and piano lessons. What a blessing and pleasure to hear our friend sing! Thank you, dear friend, for bringing joy to both of us. You are a gift from God!
Second, during this month I am participating in a virtual study centered around the book “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. We have been given so many gifts by God, and sometimes we need to be reminded of them.
The goal is to list 1,000 things for which we are thankful. Does that seem daunting? It is an important goal for each of us because when we focus on the gifts, it changes our attitude. We don’t look at the messes we have to clean up, at the inconveniences of caregiving, at the uncertainty of the future, at the loneliness. Instead, we look at the little things that make our lives better and easier and more lovely.
My prayer is that Thanksgiving will never be over for me, and that I never lose the habit of thankfulness. I pray that for you as well.