Next week we celebrate Thanksgiving, the one day we set aside for this purpose. Like many holidays, there are things in life that will take center stage over the actual purpose of the meaning. For many people it will be the food, the turkey & stuffing, the mashed potatoes, vegetables and pumpkin pie with whip cream! Ok, you see my problem! For others it will be about Football, and for some it will be about Black Friday.
Most everyone will plan to spend it with family. Some will fly across the country, while some will luckily not need to travel. There will be eating, laughter, drinking and festivities. There will be pictures, and stories being told. There will be memories being made, and thoughts of memories past. There will be stress, anticipation, joy, and indigestion.
With all the wonderful things going on next Thursday, there will be things we don’t think about. Things we would rather not think about. There will also be sadness, loneliness, depression, and hunger. Some will not have any family to be with. Some will have lost a family member this past year. Someone’s marriage will have failed, and they are separated or divorced. Some will be homeless, and hungry.
I think about scenes from movies that show a large table full of people eating, smiling, laughing, and have a good time. You can feel the closeness, and love they have for each other. And I wish I could experience that feeling. I am sure there are others that feel the same. So if you are fortunate enough to have family, be thankful! Cherish your family, love them, and make the most of your time together. Hug, laugh, kiss! And think about those that are less fortunate. Think about the hungry, those that are alone, those that lost someone close to them, and love them too.
Gratefully, we in Christ, have a Father in heaven with an immense love for us. We are part of a larger family with Brothers, and Sisters that are connected together by Jesus. We know that we are never alone, and we can give thanks no matter what we are going through. One day we with sit at the table with our Lord, and King to dine. There will be no hunger, no sorrow, no pain, and no tears. There will be unspeakable joy for eternity. Until that time love one another.
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater ;
– 2 Thessalonians 1:3