By the way, we're having ham. All these years I've been cooking turkey and everyone prefers ham. Huh.
At any rate, since it's a busy week, I won't inundate your mailbox with more than today's post.
I won't bore you with all that I'm thankful for. Most likely, it's the same list as yours. Family, friends, health, a job, a safe place to live, a warm bed, good health, freedom to worship a glorious God.
Yes, I'm thankful for all of those things. And I'm not trying to diminish thankfulness. Not at all!
However, this time of year is not a cause for celebration for everyone. Some folks are estranged from their families. Others have lost loved ones, and are still grieving. Still others are just lonely or depressed. They're told to be grateful and joyful and they feel anything but. They want to hide under the covers until it's all over, or punch all the happy people in the face.
Let's not be too hard on those folks. In fact, let's invite them in and give them a hot cup of coffee, a warm piece of pie, and a listening shoulder. Let's try to understand where others are when they're not where we are. Let's learn to listen.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me...truly I tell you whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25: 35-40)
I'm so grateful for all of you, and I do pray for you. I may not know every visitor who stops by, but I do know who is on my email subscriber list, and whenever one of you comes to mind, I stop and pray.
When you're feeling blue, lonely, grief-stricken or disconnected, come on in and have a virtual cup of coffee, a virtual piece of pie, and know that you're always welcome in my virtual world, as well as my physical one.
Blessings Along the Path,
Shating today with Holly at Testimony Tuesday, Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday, Joan at Sharing His Beauty