This Thanksgiving morning, all is well. I have family to be with today, plenty to eat, a lovely home to eat in. And if I did not have those things, I have many friends who would gladly have included me in their Thanksgiving celebrations today.
But as I think about Thanksgivings of the past, things were not always so wonderful. There was Thanksgiving 2001, when my daddy passed away just a week before. After the funeral, we did go on to have Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, but when we came home, Daddy’s chair was empty. It broke my heart.
Just a year later, we buried my mother-in-law three weeks before Thanksgiving. That year, the five of us ate a small meal in the dining room that before had hosted 50+ family members each year. We spent many hours going through things in the house before it was sold, dismantling a life.
These were hard times, and everyone has them. I think of innocent children whose lives are wretched due to the consequences of someone else’s sin, and my hard times don’t look so bad after all.
But one thing we all have in common, the thing we must be most thankful for today–we have hope of a much better life for eternity, without all these sorrows. The Bible says,
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
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