Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Thanksgiving “in between”

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  
Psalm 118:24 (NASB)

This Thanksgiving was a different one for our family of 5. Most of our extended family had other things going on, or lived too far to visit this Thanksgiving. We had chosen to host Thanksgiving at our home, and whomever could come, would. We were trusting that God would provide the people if we provided the hospitality.

We ended up hosting my parents and another couple for Thanksgiving. This other couple has 6 children. Our house was a happening place for the children that day, and my boys had others their age with which to enjoy the holiday. My girlie enjoyed watching them all play around her, a happy thing for her. She loves children.

For me, it felt a lot like a holiday of “in between”. Between the large family gatherings of old days and the coming large family gatherings I hope to have when my boys are grown with families of their own.

When I was a little girl, Thanksgiving was a huge gathering of my dad’s side of the family, the grandparents, all 7 brothers and sisters, and their wives and children. Lots of children, lots of adults, and lots of food. 

Then as my husband and I married, we would travel to his family for many Thanksgiving celebrations, with his grandparents, and his mom’s family. With girlie getting larger and larger, we don’t do overnight trips with her anymore.

Memories have flooded me this week with the great holidays past. The hope of joyful holidays to come has me eager in anticipation. But, my job this week was to focus on the here and now, to focus on the present, the friends and family we had joining us. 

I think that is what God asks of me in caring for my daughter as well.

Take my eyes off the past – full of medical mistakes, missed diagnosis, missed opportunities for therapy.

Take my eyes off the future – full of some scary things as she gets older, and larger, and unable to care for herself.

Focus – focus on the present, the time I have with her right now. The time “in between”

God, I thank you for the time you give me right now with my daughter. I thank you that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. I thank you that you show me what is important, and how I can bless her every day. In Jesus sweet name I pray, Amen.

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