My heart overflows with thanksgiving for so many things –
blessings of health
and blessings of care
but probably at this time of year more than any other
my heart turns toward home
and the blessings of loved one He has placed in my life.
Life was not always easy growing up at a time when black and white TV was exciting
and the 5 and 10 cent store was the norm but it was good.
Yes, it was good.
My parents worked hard to provide for my two brothers and sister and I
and Thanksgiving always was celebrated together
holding hands with heads bowed
thanking the Lord for His many blessings.
Memories of those days of long ago
and those thanksgiving prayers
warm my heart today many years later.
Some things have changed
but that sense of living bowed before His Presence remains.
Knowing that He is our Lord and that He is the One Who provides for us.
As I begin gathering extra potatoes, vegetables, pumpkin and cranberries
and order the turkey- yes, the biggest turkey-
Thanksgivings of the past become one with Thanksgiving now.
May my heart bow low before Him
alive with the wonder that He is the same. Always the same.
Love enfolding all our hearts and drawing us to Himself
for His Purpose and Peace.