Happy Monday Morning All!
Thankful - Grateful - Prayerful!
We are officially in the holiday season as we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday! This used to be my favorite holiday until my mom died two days after Thanksgiving many years ago. Although I still enjoy this holiday, it has never really been the same since she passed. However, I find so many things to be thankful for during this time of year. I am so thankful for my family and friends, my health and soundness of mind. I am thankful that I got to spend 24 years with my mom. Every year I make her famous sweet potato pie, cornbread stuffing and macaroni and cheese. My sons never got to meet her but they have surely tasted her famous dishes during the holidays. I am truly thankful for memories that will last a lifetime.
When I think about all of the times in my life and in the lives of my family and friends that could have taken a devastating turn, I am grateful for the grace and mercy of God and for the mini-miracles I experience every day. When I think about my complete recovery from a severe case of eczema that I developed as a baby but endured until young adulthood, I am grateful. When I think about being unconscious and carried away in an ambulance from a car that was totaled after being hit by a drunk driver in my teens, I am grateful. To be able to see another day…I am grateful.
When I turn on the news or listen to the needs or problems of others, I find that injustices, sickness, poverty, homelessness, brokenness, dysfunction and hunger are at an all time high around the world. I can’t and won’t ignore what I see, hear or learn. I must do my part to be helpful and make the world a better place. In doing so, I know that prayer is a part of my life’s purpose and I am passionate about it. I believe that there is power in prayer. So, when I learn about a situation or condition that I don’t have the power to control or remedy, I pray. I am prayerful for those who are grieving. I am prayerful for those less fortunate. I am prayerful for those who are secretly struggling. During this holiday season, may we all find reasons to be thankful, grateful and prayerful as we do our part to help others! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Have a great week…on purpose!