Three Random Reflections on Thanksgiving
- A knock on my door. The mailman handed me a 24“x36″” heavy cardboard envelope. Could not imagine. Sitting in my chair, I opened it, and tears of THANKSGIVING gushed as I read the personal notes of support and caring from many of you on the HUGE card, written following my extensive foot surgery. I needed to use this column to make sure I reached everyone. Prayers of THANKSGIVING for each of you!
- On THANKSGIVING DAY it is so easy simply to express gratitude for the “Six F’s”: Freedom, Family, Friends, Food, Fortune, Fun. Important to do so, especially in light of the plight endured by 80% of the world’s population! May we never issue a casual expression of THANKSGIVING, which patronizes the blight of the person down the hall, or on the other side of our secure gates.
- Perhaps the most intentional and significant way to offer a life-changing expression of THANKSGIVING is to find a specific outlet through which we become personally involved to share our lives with those who are hurting. I speak not of money…though that is not bad – but often far removed. Consider personally helping those suffering from storm devastation; feed the homeless – not just on Thanksgiving Day, but regularly; volunteer at least monthly through area congregations and charities; join a mission trip to help serve in Immokalee. Make THANKSGIVING a way of life, not just a verbal statement. And, please, do not refer to THANKSGIVING DAY as “HAPPY TURKEY DAY!”
May you be a blessed gift of THANKSGIVING to others.