November 24, 2022 - Thanksgiving

As I reflect on the past year, I can relate to the gratitude the Pilgrims expressed that first Thanksgiving.

As I prayed over my family and our meal this evening, I am grateful to God that we have survived the last fourteen months. Thanksgiving 2021 is a blurry memory, we were dealing with the raw emotion of losing two family members 24 days apart, Shari and just 24 days earlier my daughter-in-law’s father, and my friend, James.

This year our hearts still grieve the loss, but our minds are clearer. Today I am grateful that we have survived the most difficult year of our lives. God’s blessings are evident in each of our lives, and there will be a new Bankhead in just a few more days, my first grandson is only days away from making his grand entrance into our lives and the world, a new ray of hope for our family.

We are not alone, many families I personally know had “empty chairs” at the table today that had been filled by loved ones that aren’t with us this holiday.

This year I am also grateful for “my community,” those of you who have stood with us through our grief. You have cried with us, held us as we cried, been there when you didn’t understand and had no idea what to do, you stayed with us. You know who you are. We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for you. I thank God for you and for your love and support and for your faithfulness to us.

For all of those that are on this grief journey, keep walking, keep surviving and someday you will thrive again, because of your steadfast resolve not to give up, even when you don’t think you can keep going. You will thrive because of the faithfulness of God and those that stand with you.

Let me know if there are more!

THANKS!!

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