The laughter of a child is like the well-toned sound of a tinkling bell. It will awaken a stony heart to new possibilities of hope and love. A child’s laughter and joy will bring a grandpa’s life, that is filled with complexities and daily crisis’, into focus.
The child’s innocent, bubbly optimism causes grown-ups to see anew what is really important. My granddaughters came to see me this past Monday afternoon. Then, as I playfully jostled with them and they joined in the teasing and laughter all my troubles got lost for a time.
Thank God for children! As we look forward to Thanksgiving Day I have a lot to be thankful for I know. I am supported by my wife, my children and my grandchildren. Even my mother-in-law, Nell cares about me. My son and daughter were good kids. They are now good parents, along with their marital partners. We are all healthy and I am grateful for that, during this season of thanksgiving. I am, also, thankful for my extended family, for old friends, for new friends and the good things all these bring to the table of life.
I do think of those individuals in our community who are less fortunate. Some families have suffered the loss of their children or grandchildren. Some have lost their lifelong mate. Then, some of my friends have suffered severe financial reverses.
How do we comfort those in this time of thanksgiving, when friends or family come together to say to the Almighty, “We give thanks for all the blessings of the past year?”
“I am sorry,” too often does not touch the pain of one who grieves for a loved one. “Things will soon be better after this recession” spoken to one, who has lost his/her job, house or business is not adequate. I know that when one suffers loss of such magnitude being thankful for what you do have seems very remote.
I have lived through setback, personal loss, and deprivation, being misunderstood by friends and foe alike. Dark, foreboding days have come my way, but by the grace of God the sun shines again. Take heart!
Thank God from whom all blessings flow – for blessing our community.
Just for your information, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, is currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, and has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863.
It is my sincere desire that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Thanks for reading.