This holiday was awesome. Our whole family was together again for the first time in quite awhile. I think we all experienced feeling whole, secure and accepted.
I have many reasons to be thankful but family and friends are the most important to me and this Thanksgiving reminded me why I give thanks to God for them. They are an extension of who I am adding light and color to my life. They can challenge my mind and emotions in both positive and negative ways forcing me to sort out my beliefs and values once again. We don't have to agree on everything-we can agree to disagree. They remind me that I should be able to clearly explain and defend my position before I can expect to be understood. Yet, unlike the rest of the world, if I can't quite find my footing, they accept me anyway and will even attempt to help me find my way without trying to change who I am.
With my family, love is unconditional, although at times we can get pretty annoyed with each other. This fills me with wonder about God's love. I can't see Him, yet I know He is working in my life, accepting me fully with all my imperfections, while helping me grow to face today and the future. While my family and I can only truly live and work in the moment, God is working with now and eternity in view.
How privileged I am to know such people. I thank God for them everyday!
7 years ago