Thanksgiving is here! I’m sitting in my warm home, starting my day with a cup of hot coffee and cold piece of pumpkin pie – yum!

Thanksgiving is here! I’m sitting in my warm home, starting my day with a cup of hot coffee and cold piece of pumpkin pie – yum!

How wonderful it is to have four walls, running water, heat, electricity, food, and yes, another cup of coffee. I have an in-house versus and outhouse! Just outside, my car sits in the driveway. I have two wonderful grown-up kids who never cease to amaze me, a dog that makes me laugh and a job of a lifetime. Yes, there are thorns, there will always be. Maybe that’s how we grow and become stronger. Today, I’m grateful for those challenges too.

Not that long ago, our ancestors came to this new world seeking freedom. In grade school we learned about the history of the first Thanksgiving. We laid our hands on a piece of brown construction paper and slowly traced our fingers with our crayons. Then we took our scissors and cut along the lines. This became the “body” of our turkey artwork, which we took home if we didn’t lose it along the way.

I also learned about the early days from my great-grandparents, who really did walk more than 10 miles in the snow (no joke) and didn’t have a dime to their name. When I consider their stamina, courage and perseverance, I can only hope that as a nation we remember those who paved the way for us.    

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Maybe it means a four-day weekend, time with family, and rest and relaxation. Maybe it means a long day of work at a hospital, fire station, restaurant or sports stadium. If you are working today, thank you for being there. Whether you’re helping bring new life into this world or taking an order at booth number nine, you showed up to serve others. And I hope you get to put your feet up and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal when you go home.

Whether you’ll be eating turkey and mashed potatoes and all the fixings or a TV dinner, it really doesn’t matter. What I think matters is that each of us take time to sit intently and thank God for what we have.

Later today, my family will celebrate with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We’ll watch football, and maybe play a game, and most certainly go back for seconds. It will be slow day, and I’m glad for that. I hope it will be restful for you and yours too, full of laughter and time to reflect on what’s really important in life. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

Cheers!