Panko crusted chicken, rice pilaf, homemade biscuits, “Christmas” breakfast of pigs in blankets and orange rolls, swiss chocolate cake, chocolate cream pie, hot corn and green chile dip, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, corn casserole, homemade yeast rolls (fail – didn’t rise well this year), pumpkin pie (well, 2 of them – first one eaten before Thanksgiving), pecan pie and chocolate pecan pie (did not bake these two), taco soup, homemade macaroni and cheese……
The list could continue – not really sure if I’m missing some items on our menu, but here’s what I DO know – I love feeding my family, because that means they are HERE. I must admit, before it all got started, I was a little apprehensive of how out of practice I may have been at feeding many folks,but I suppose it’s just like riding a bicycle – it just comes back to you? Anyway, such joy and delight at the full Thanksgiving days of family! Thanks Kyle, Katie, Adam, Laura, Sara for traveling home, and sharing some time with us. It was a true blessing, a gift, and a wonderful visit. (and Mark – I’m patiently waiting for our Christmas visit! Missed you much!)
I have many sweet memories of all that we shared, just hanging out. I love that – just hanging with my people that are so very dear to me. . . .one of my favorite moments was that late night walk we took, laughing, enjoying each other. For a while, I just quieted, and watched and listened to the sound of my family. My heart was overtaken with such love, and thankfulness – and I wondered, if just maybe, every once in a while, our God does the same with us……listens intently to the sound of us just enjoying being together, and being His. I wonder…..
The week went by in a flash, and tonight I sit in a qiet home, reflecting on all that I love about the season. I love thanking God during this time, and love all things autumn. If you live in Texas, you know that just because it’s autumn, it doesn’t mean it will be cool. We sure hope so. To those of us who are deeply craving cool, crisp air, that can be a bummer – especially if that cool front doesn’t make it to your door. But I even had a change in perspective this year on that. So I embraced the warmer air, and appreciated it for what it is – a gift. Each and every breath I take – a gift. My home? My family? Health? Friends? A job I adore? gifts. Lavish overthetop gifts from a God who loves perfectly.
But it is not about the “things that we are thankful for” – at least not all about that – it’s about going deeper, and knowing the One Who gives all good things. yes, Him. It’s really all about HIM. And as we leave the Thanksgiving holiday, and approach the Christmas season, we get to keep our eyes on Him. We get to. What a joy, and privilege. Oh, dear God, let us not take for granted the great freedom we have in worshipping You, in reading your Word, in gathering together to study and praise, to pray and adore. You Alone are worthy of great praise. amen.