Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Give Thanks

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. 
(Psalm 9:1 NRS)

It will be Thanksgiving on Thursday and I can’t wait! It’s my favorite holiday. It’s not as glitzy as New Years, nor as huge as Christmas, nor as romantic as Valentine’s Day, nor as sugar-overloaded as Halloween. It’s the simple holiday about sharing a meal and taking time to be thankful. 

As a child we had the family tradition of going around the table and sharing what we are grateful for. There were 13 of us at my grandparent’s home and I slowly moved up the ranks from the kiddy card table to the big table. Now my husband and I share duties from the ends of the table, the living bookends to all of the friends and family who gather in between with us. Some years it is a big gathering with a massive turkey. Other years the group and bird are much smaller. One notable year it was just me with a game hen! Regardless of the number of faces at the table, the tradition remains. What am I thankful for?

I am thankful for the many parents of special needs children who have invited me into their lives and share their children and stories with me. I am thankful for the healing that happens in community. I am thankful for God’s call for me in ministry and my encouragers who help me fulfill it. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for so many things in my life. In taking the time to be thankful, my challenges feel so much smaller and more manageable.

I'd love to know what you are thankful for.  Please share in comments below. 
Gracious God, thank you. Thank you for the blessings we see and feel and touch, as well as the hidden ones that you orchestrate in the backgrounds of our lives. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all that you give. Help us reflect and share those blessings to others. Amen

Photo "Season of Thanks" by Vikki Yost


  1. I am thankful that our ASD/Asperger daughter is blossoming since homeschooling began. I am thankful that our Schizzoaffective daughter has new meds that have stablized her. I am thankful that we have been able to bring Jesus into the lives of 18 children (foster, guardianship, walk-in) besides our biological children. I am thankful for disabilities and mental illness, not in and of themselves, but because I have gained great insight into how the mind works and goes awry, and I have a much deeper relationship with my children than I probably would have if they were neuro-typical. I am thankful that I have been able to stay home and be available at all hours of the day and night when needed by my family. Most of all, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without him none of this would be possible. I would have folded a long time ago.

  2. Amen, Tere! You are blessed indeed!