Such a different day for so many people. In past years, people would be sharing their travel plans or excitedly sharing who was coming to spend the day. I have heard more often that families have talked and agreed that this is just not the time to visit. Of course, in person that is. I am thankful for the many media choices we have for virtual visits. I know, it is not the same, but it helps. Sometimes we must be thankful for even the small things in life. A year ago, a virtual visit would have been a major undertaking. Now it is quite common to many. We should be thankful.
This year our health has been in focus. If you have not had the virus, thank God. If you did have the virus and have recovered, thank God. If you are working your way through any illness, still thank God. He is using your illness and your suffering in ways you will not understand now.
It is too easy to say you just do not feel thankful this year. Take a moment and look around you right now. Admittedly we have a lot to be thankful for, even your next breath. God has provided. A lot. We really need to humble ourselves and offer thanks to God. And the best way to thank God is to offer yourself to Him.
Thank you, God, for all the people of our respective communities. I ask you to bless them all abundantly this holiday. I pray you keep them healthy and safe. May the Holy Spirit guide them to your Son and your love. And may our Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen