My journey after the unexpected loss of my husband and how I dealt with finances, increased my faith and learned to live with joy.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Sitting at my kitchen table feeling lonely. Steve and I often ate brunch together on snow days. We would just be together gabbing about whatever. Seeing the empty chair brings the memories back. Thankful I have them to keep me going.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Everyday Is Thanksgiving
Everyday is like Thanksgiving. We are invited to celebrate traditions with God everyday. But ultimately God has the choice of when celebrations going to take place and who's going to be there with us. He decides how long the celebrations going to take for each one of us. Just like the only thing that stays exactly the same for Thanksgiving is that we have turkey, the only thing that stays the same in our lives is that we have love. The size of the turkey changes. Where it comes from changes. Who cooks it changes. Who comes to eat it changes. But there's always turkey. Love is the same way. It's always there. But how long we get to give it to somebody in person changes. The way we love people changes. The number of people we Love changes because it's constantly growing as more people enter our lives, more people come to dinner.
When I think back to how I do the exact same thing every year for Thanksgiving it really has changed every single year based on who is able to be there, where it takes place, what other foods we have, what time we gather and how long we stay. God has already made those choices for all of us. He has invited us to be at his house on earth for a certain length of time with certain people and the only thing he asks is that we love each other. No matter how frustrated we get, no matter how confused we are, no matter how long we get to be with somebody, the only thing that matters is that we love each other. And even through death that love doesn't go away. The love just changes.
When Steve and I first started dating I told him that Thanksgiving was the holiday I wanted to spend with my family over any other holiday. He and his family started coming to my family's house and joining in the traditions we had. Over the years we've had many different people at that table. Some people have only come for one. Only my mom has been there every single year of my life.
Lots of major life decisions have been shared at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is when we shared that we were going to have her second son because of how much family was there that year.
I don't know how many more thanksgivings I will get to celebrate and who will be at those celebrations but I do know that God has a plan. He knows. I need to remember to love, to have faith that everything is as it should be and have the hope that the love I'm giving and receiving is what it's meant to be.
Scripture says that of faith, hope and love the greatest of these is love.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:7
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