It’s Thanksgiving week, and like many of you, we have a busy week getting ready for company. Some of you may be traveling, so you have to pack and prepare to leave for the holiday.
This past week, as I was preparing my grocery list and finishing up some things I needed to get done around the house, I found myself “grumpy” about Thanksgiving, which is not like me because I love Thanksgiving.
I began praying for the Lord to change my heart and remind me of all I have to be thankful for. As I was praying, I realized why I was feeling frustrated…I miss the way Thanksgiving used to be.
For years, we went to my husband’s family on Thanksgiving day around noon, and then later in the day, we went to my aunt’s house for dinner. We would see both sides of our family, and I loved the whole day!
Fast forward to 2022, Wayne’s parents have passed away, my mom has passed away, and things have changed.
Wayne’s family now come to our house, and my family will come on Sunday. Things change, and I realize I’m struggling with the change.
I liked the way we did Thanksgiving all those years. I liked seeing so many in our family. When we went to my aunt’s house, all my mom’s sisters, brother, and my cousins were there. I loved catching up with everyone.
But things change, and while change is hard, it’s part of life. Jesus reminded me that He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). I can cling to Him.
So today, I’m going to choose joy. I’m going to choose to see the blessings of Thanksgiving in 2022. Yes, I still miss my mom and my husband’s parents, but I have so many wonderful memories with them. For that, I’m thankful!
Maybe Thanksgiving is different for you too. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one this year, and the holidays will be very different. Please know I’m praying for you, and I’m praying you can find blessings in the midst of change.
Through every season, every hurt, every joy, and all our blessings let’s speak Jesus.
Have a blessed day!