And it has begun.
I wandered into the kitchen and started a pot of coffee. I have fed the cats and added wood to the wood stove. I’ll have to check and see if the fire built back up as the wood had burned down to hot coal by the time I got up. The furnace running in the cool house. The dogs are in no hurry to go outside into the thirty degree weather.
The ham is in the oven, as soon as I finish my first cup of coffee I will return to the kitchen to finish my part of the meal. There is dressing to bake and potato salad to prepare. That near forgotten okra to deep fry and a gravy boat to fill. I have talked with various family member through the week through various methods to make sure we have everything covered. Its been confusing, frustrating, amazing as we sought to make sure we have what we need.
I’ll say it, I am thankful, grateful, blessed.
I haven’t always been in this position. I have sat in a cold house, no heat, no hot water and little food. I have been miles away from family and friends I grew up with. I sit here now, and in these early morning, sun peeking over the trees moment, I can look back and see how far I have come. I can look back and see how those dark times, those storms and valleys prepared me for this life, this time. I can look back, and see with clear eyes and compassionate heart those who struggle.
While I am thankful for the things I have, my heart hurts for those who do not. As we spend this day being thankful, let us not forgot those who are lacking. As we push back the covers and leave our warm bed, in a warm, safe home, remember there are those who do not have that. As we prepare for the meal of choice today, whether home cooked or not, remember those who hunger and would be satisfied with something to fill a grumbling belly. As we gather with family, remember those who are alone.
As we are thankful for all we have, and I really do hope that we can stop and realize even if what we have is humble, it is more than many others. As we sit around a table over burdened with food, may we not be so self possessed that we forget. May we, as we offer thanks, make plans to also remember the least of these. The charities I mention are local to me, there are organizations all over designed and trying to help those who are in need. It is up to us to find them.
Support the organizations who are here to assist the struggling. Those who are escaping domestic abuse. https://www.kdmonline.org/
The many children who find themselves due to no fault of their own, in foster care: https://lotcarolinas.com/
There are those who are collecting winter wear for those, especially our children, who are in need. There are food banks who are in need. There are so many ways that we can help should we choose. Even if we have little, there are those with less. It is when we share from our limited resources that we receive the greatest blessings. https://biblehub.com/matthew/25-40.htm
There are those who will not be with family today. Those who will be out there for our safety and heaven forbid, get us to help should it be needed. The medical personnel working in the hospitals. There are the truck drivers who are doing their best to get materials and goods delivered. There are those in the service to their/our country who are apart from family. When we give our thanks, may we remember them and be grateful.