I absolutely LOVE this time of year.
First of all, it’s STILL football season. Here in the south, the weather is mild, not too hot, not too cold. The leaves are a wonderful display of God’s mighty artistry and His attention to detail and beauty. There’s a happy feeling in the air, the holidays are here.
For some reason when the holidays are on the horizon everything seems a little lighter. Maybe it’s because Christmas songs are already on the radio. Maybe it’s because we focus on giving instead of getting. Maybe it’s because it’s the one time of year when most folks decide to be thankful and spread cheer. Whatever it is, I love it. In fact, I’m full of it!
This year, there is someone missing from my Thanksgiving table. That is my mother. I’ll never forget last Thanksgiving. Mom called and told me she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to be here. Our family was crushed. We knew she was sick and feared it would be our last Thanksgiving with her. We were right. To our surprise, about halfway through dinner, the front door opened and there she was! Even though she wasn’t feeling well, she made it. She even played Pictionary with us after dinner. Then we took pictures. I’ll never forget it (have I said that already?). She is sorely missed this year. It’s going to be very hard to get through the day without the tears.
Despite the void, there is still much to be thankful for. Today, I want you to know how thankful I am for you. I’m serious about that. Many of you have shared your hearts, suggestions, encouragement, support, love and friendship with me. I don’t take that lightly. Thank you if you have ever taken the time to read my blog or anything else you may have stumbled on by me. I appreciate you.
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You.