For many, Thanksgiving is the most special holiday of the year. Sure, it is about high school football and overindulging in turkey, stuffing and pies. It is also an opportunity to express gratitude and acknowledge those people who enrich our lives. Thanksgiving Day is the time when American families gather together. For most of us, there are many things for which we can be thankful. We live in a wonderful community and a nation that is the “land of the free and home of the brave.”
While many of us will express gratitude, others will be too consumed with sadness and struggle this year to be thankful. Here are a few examples. Consider the families whose lives have been devastated by fires and hurricanes this year. They face a difficult and long recovery. There are parents who will have an empty seat at the table because of the loss of their son or daughter to an opioid overdose since the last Thanksgiving. Then there are the veterans who have experienced severe trauma or a life-threatening event and are physically and emotionally injured. So as we reflect on our own abundance, let’s remember those who are struggling. Say a prayer for those seeking hope that tomorrow will be a little better than today and maybe the next day a little better than tomorrow.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!