Thanksgiving Reflections

Thanksgiving 2014 2

Thanksgiving—a time of reflection, of appreciating and valuing, of acknowledging and expressing gratitude for all we have received.

Thanksgiving 2014 1As this year winds its way into the holiday season, I find myself thinking of time. Eleven months ago, Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed so far away. How did they get here so fast?

Twelve years ago, I almost departed this earth—heart surgery and its complications were calling me to the other side. But God, in his infinite wisdom, not to mention his wonderful sense of timing and delightful sense of humor, had other ideas.

So I’m still here, and deep into the season of life he called me to from that hospital bed—writing, coaching, mentoring, teaching.

And I think of time with family, especially our children. My wife and I are here in Texas. Our children are scattered from Missouri to New Jersey, to Massachusetts to New Hampshire. Thank God for phone calls and email, for Facebook and Pinterest and Skype. But we miss the physical closeness. And we wait, sometimes patiently, sometimes not, for what God has next in this area.

Thanksgiving 1We treasure the time we can spend with them. And we are most grateful our grandson took the time to visit us earlier this month. A short visit that planted memories we will have forever.

And forty-six years of marriage—to the same woman! Thanksgiving is doubly special because that’s day we married. Some say I got a beautiful wife to be thankful for and she got a turkey.

She certainly has a special place waiting for her in heaven after raising five children and a husband. I would not be the man I am today without her love and her prayers. Thank you, Linda for loving me and sticking with me all these years.

How about you? What special things are you most thankful for?

4 Responses to Thanksgiving Reflections

  1. TNeal November 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Our son who has spent over five years in prison now is less than an hour from home at a halfway house and less than a week away from his release date. I am thankful for weekly visits instead of every 3 to 4 months, for hour drives instead of 16 hour ones, for home-cooked meals and Chinese carryout instead of vending machine dinners, and for the fact that release dates do come. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day. I know I will.

  2. Henry November 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Tom, Thank you for this awesome report. I know you and your family have been so faithful during this hard time. Your trust in God is inspirational to me and so many others. Joining with you in thanking God for all he has done. Blessings.

  3. Darlene L. Turner November 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    I’m thankful for friends far and away! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Henry! God bless! xo

  4. Henry November 27, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving, Darlene.

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