Happy Thanksgiving! My occupation seems to continually insist on taking me far from home during all family holidays. However, I still feel the close support my wife offers me every day in her letters and little quirks. After the pattern set in my Halloween diary, I feel like sharing a few memories and hopes for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving Memories
The earliest thanksgiving memory I have happened at my aunts home. All of my aunts and uncles, and cousins, and grandma were there. I remember the prayer over the food seemingly taking hours. My uncle literally listed each family member present, and why he felt grateful for them. Then, he proceeded to list all the ones who couldn’t make it. Next, he began praying for our church, and the community, and the countries (US and Mexico). Finally, he said amen, only to realize he’d forgotten to say grace over the food. My aunt took over and offered a quick blessing.
At another such family gathering at my grandmother’s my cousin and I decided that the punch needed a little flavor, so we dumped a whole packet of salt into the jug. One of our older cousins tried the punch out before serving it, and he nearly threw up. He came at us, but his wife stopped him with one hand on his chest, and told him that we were only children. I felt pretty scared, but amazed that such a small woman could control my massive cousin.
Shortly before our wedding my wife (then fiancé) and I were eating with her grandmother, parents, and siblings. They go around the table before eating and everyone shares what they feel grateful for. Her grandmother looked me straight in the face, and told me that she prayed I would go away when I started dating her granddaughter. Then she told me she got the distinct answer that I wouldn’t. With the wedding so close, she felt grateful I hadn’t gone anywhere.
What memories do you have of Thanksgiving?
This year, I feel particularly grateful for the opportunity I have to visit so many countries around the world. My wife, who faithfully waits and tries to better our home makes me feel in awe of the blessings we have. The biggest blessing in my life comes from knowing that no matter the difficulties we may face, we face them together.
I know that God watches over me and my tiny family. That seems to stand out when I travel, since things like hurricanes and riots happen all around. But my family remains safe through it all.
What do you feel most grateful for?