Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No stress over spending money we don’t have like at Christmas – rather it is a day set aside to be thankful and that is such an incredibly powerful act. A day set aside to come together with family and friends and simply acknowledge all of the blessings we have in life.

I know that it isn’t that way for everyone. Not all families get along. It’s also a reminder of traditions that have passed, loved ones that are missed. Greg is rocking, right now, in Elijah’s room, in the very rocking chair that my Grandma would sit in and eat her Thanksgiving meal each year at my mom’s. I miss her so much and I know that it doesn’t compare with my mom’s ache. Our family had a funeral just this week for my aunt, a beautiful woman who lost her battle just days before the holiday. And it isn’t just losing someone – it is also families who just do not get along. Those who dread the tension and stress and look to the Thanksgiving meal with trepidation or dread.

I don’t know why this is where my head is tonight. I really love Thanksgiving and I so look forward to tomorrow. But my heart is so heavy tonight for those who are struggling. Those who are dreading this as a ‘first time without…’ Thanksgiving. Those who are stressed and out of the moment and caught up in…stuff.

I want to lighten your burden. I want to carry it for you for a while but I’m not sure how to do that. All I can do is maybe give you a few minutes of peace. Take a moment, just a few minutes and as you read this list, just close your eyes and be in the middle of the thought, place, feeling. Take a break from the hectic and harried preparations and just be for a moment…

Standing at the peak of a mountain as the sun crests over the range. Feel the warmth of the rays.

Puppies running and rolling all over each other. Feel the pure, innocent, joy.

Standing on a beach watching the sun slip past the horizon. Feel the rhythm of life.

A babies laughter. Feel the hopefulness and happiness.

Warm, fresh from the oven, cookies. Feel the sense of contentment and peace.

A kitten’s tiny body purring soundly in your hand. Feel the trust and rest.

A secret smile between you and your special someone across the room. Feel the love, the butterflies.

The weight of a soundly sleeping babe in your arms. Feel the hope for tomorrow.

A kid that just learned a knock knock joke…kinda. Feel the pride and humor.

Fall leaves and spring flowers. Remember the beautfy of this world.

Waterfalls. Feel the power and awe.

The champions at the World Series, and Super Bowl, and Olympics – that joyful triumphant smile. Feel the accomplishment.

Rooting for the underdog. Feel the transfer of will and the encouragement.

Playing in the rain. Remember the innocence and silliness of the unexpected.

Friends. Feel their love.

Chocolate (women especially). Taste it.

All the laundry done AND put away. Aaaahhhh.

Finally solving the sudoku. Feel the pride and satisfaction.

Beautiful music. Hear the hours and hours of dedication – hours and hours dedicated to bringing beauty into the world.

I pray tonight for anyone whose heart is heavy. I pray for respite. I pray for peace. I pray for a path through.

We live in a broken, yet beautiful world. Glennon at calls it brutiful – and that is about right. Life is brutal and beautiful and sometimes the beauty comes out of the brutal and sometimes it’s the other way around.

Tell lot’s of people you love them tomorrow and try to mean it as much as you possibly can.

Happy Thanksgiving.



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