In a cabin on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, she sits together at a table with her parents and children. In her eyes are strength and beauty, but behind them there is brokenness and despair.
Her one true love left the earth too soon and the thought of going through the holidays without him is almost too much. In the quiet of her mind, she has relived the entire last Thanksgiving – the meal, the conversations, the games played and even the private laughs they shared when no one else was around.
She isn’t alone. There are many today who will take this day one breath at a time. Those who have lost lovers, parents, children and best friends.
What is the secret of surviving this day?
In order to live through Thanksgiving, you must live IN Thanksgiving.
In everything give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB
Find something for which you can give thanks.
When the laundry piles high, give thanks for the ones who wore each piece. When you aren’t sure how you are going to pay the next bill, give thanks for the roof over your head. When you have to head back to the grocery store because you forgot to buy milk, give thanks for the car that will take you there.
When your heart is lost over the one you’ve lost, give thanks for the ones who remain.
Lord, I thank you for to privilege of coming to you in prayer. Thank you for listening when I call. God, I ask that you comfort those who are struggling today. Pick up their broken pieces and make them whole again. Amen.
I want to hear from you! Share in the comments three things for which you are thankful. And if you or a friend need prayer this holiday season, let me know that, too. I’d be honored to pray.
**Photo taken by Valerie Smith.