Happy Thanksgiving, 2020 style!
With deep gratitude –
I don’t think anyone thought we would be where we are today. So much has changed and happened in the past year. I think it is safe to say most everyone would like a rewind button, except for maybe the owners of Zoom.
With that in mind, there is still so much to be thankful for:
- A home with the heat running
- Food in my refrigerator and cupboards
- Family’s health
- People who prayed when I asked for prayers. This blessing can’t be overstated enough. ❤️
When you sit down at your Thanksgiving table, note the empty chairs. Each family has people who would be sitting at their table who aren’t this year. It could be due to safety concerns, it could be due to death. I have two children living in other states; they will not be here this year. My parents and mother-in-law could be, but we won’t gather for safety reasons. My sister died years ago, but her empty chair is always profoundly felt today.
I’m saying a prayer for each of you who have empty chairs this year. I know it is hard. For those of you who lost someone this year, I am thinking of you.
For some, they have lost their home or can’t afford to heat it this year. Many have lost jobs, are underemployed, took pay cuts. I am praying for you too. I know how hard it is to have your income disappear.
For those without food, please ask for assistance. For those who have the ability, please donate to a food bank. People are hurting, and they are hungry. Please give.
For those who have been through health issues this year, I am praying for you. This year has been so hard for people with chronic health issues. Some people have been diagnosed with cancer this year. I don’t know what it is like to hear that diagnosis, but I can imagine it is scary. Made more frightening with the ongoing virus. I am praying for you. For those who become ill with Covid, I am praying for you. It is a quick recovery for some; for others, it is a long, painful recovery.
For those of us who are healthy, mask up! It won’t hurt you but may save the life of someone else. Simple. Easy. Pretty sure God is looking down, saying, WTF people! Well, not really, but maybe…
I have family members who are older or have been diagnosed with cancer or are immune-compromised. Please do the simple, caring, easy thing and put a mask on without complaint. No one should have to mandate it; you should do it from the good place in your heart. And if you do not have that place in your heart, then please unfriend me. But know, I am praying for you too.
Friends are priceless and not being able to spend time with them is hard, but it will be so worth it when we can get together over wine and chocolate!!
And for those who prayed when I asked, I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am. Never in my life have I been more scared. But for the grace of God and your prayers, I am sure things would have turned out differently. I can’t even go there, but I am eternally grateful for the prayers you prayed and the received blessings.
So, today, as always, I started my day with prayers. With all of you in my thoughts this morning. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, 2020 style! You know, with the heartfelt blessings, but a bit of sass!