Thanksgiving 1: the act of giving thanks 2 : a prayer expressing gratitude 3 : a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness.
This year, I plan on seeing Thanksgiving as more than just a day of eating until you can’t breathe. I want to truly be thankful for what God is doing.
I have to admit, Thanksgiving’s not going be the same this year. I can’t help but miss our son Tucker, and wish he could be with us. His presence will be missed. A lot of things change when your child is in prison.
You can imagine that a mother might feel an overwhelming sense of guilt having dined on succulent turkey, savory sweet potato casserole, thick, rich, pinto beans, juicy macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, slaw, a roll and a big ‘ol glass of sweet tea, while her son sits in prison, eating God knows what on Thanksgiving Day. She COULD feel guilty, but she WON’T! Not this momma!
This momma is going to have fun, and feel full! Full of food, and thankfulness! Full, because I’ll, inevitably, eat way too much. Thankful, because I’m at my momma’s house, with most of my family, and that we have an over abundance of food to eat. Thankful for God’s provision, and that He’s blessed us way more than any of us deserve. However, this year, the thing I’ll be most thankful for, is that our son is alive and well!
Thankful that the judge, and God intervened before Tucker had a string of felonies a mile long. Which is usually what happens before a person is sent to prison. Thankful that we see God’s hand all over this situation. And thankful that, because of our hope in Christ, we know this isn’t the end! I’m also thankful that God has given me, and Steve, as parents, a peace that passes all understanding and that we will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving in spite of our family’s circumstances. I refuse to let satan win! He ain’t stealing our joy!
This year, to me, Thanksgiving has become so much more than just a day! I’m learning to make thanksgiving a way of life!
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18