I understand that’s a hard thing to hear for those who are grieving the loss of a life or of a mind this year. For those who are wondering about the next job, about the next step. For those who are missing family members this year because of service to God or country, fractures in relationships or health.
Some of those themes will be running through my head and heart this on this day. When people say, “Happy Thanksgiving” I will be thinking, “Thank you for your wishes but there are things you don’t know.”
And yet. Even as I write of my hesitation, I know that I have things and people and events that I am grateful for. And grateful to. And I know that the phrase is offered as a wish, not an obligation.
I am grateful in this year that I can still remember the loving actions of my mother whose mind cannot remember for herself. I am grateful that I saw Nepal before the earthquake so that I can remember faces and ask God and others to give them peace and support. I am grateful for watching our daughter and son-in-law make commitments to each other, and our son and daughter-in-law navigate life changes with hope and grace. I am grateful for friends and conversations and questions about God and what it means to follow Him. I am grateful for you and your encouragement as we meet here. I am grateful for a life with Nancy that is full of quiet surprises and daily invitations to obey Christ together.
And I am grateful that God meets me and patiently directs my steps and renews my heart, that he has offered me gifts and opportunities to use them. That he loves me.
Peace to you.
Photo from Perregeaux Wedding Photography