A Thanksgiving Prayer
Have you ever sat somewhere and looked at a carpet for a period of time. If you stare at it long enough you see different shapes, designs and even some faces. I was sitting in radiology the other day waiting on someone to finish and was just staring at the carpet, thinking. Thinking about all the stress, depression and grief that comes with the holidays because of tragic circumstances and losses and changes in lifestyle.
As I was looking and picking out different shapes and animal faces, I saw clearly see the face of my deceased child, my only child. It is still hard to fathom that I won’t get the phone call to tell me he loves me and Happy Thanksgiving. I looked at his face for awhile and turned away, but when I looked back I couldn’t find his face again. I was kind of sad about that.
It seems that every year we are another short at the holidays. It happens in almost every family and it is bittersweet if you know they are heaven, but they are not here with you. We lost another one in June. That makes 6 in 4 years!!
Lord, thank you for the 44 years I got to be my sons mother.
Lord, thank you for all the years I got to spend with my other mother
Lord, thank you for the memories of my dearly departed sisters, step-father, step-daughter and mother and father, and so many more.
Lord thank you for every morning that you wake me up
Lord thank you for providing for all of our needs, housing, food, furniture, things we like to watch, internet and phone to keep in touch with others, a car that continues to start and everything we need in town close to where we live.
Lord thank you for the medical personnel at the hospital and clinics that have become second family to us and take care of all of our needs as if we were family and not just another chart number.
Lord thank you for the family we still have here close to us, and those that we are able to keep in touch with in other states, and thank you for watching over them.
Lord thank you for all the ones who hold a special love for me and I for them, for even though we lose some, it seems that you always give us more.
And most of all Lord, thank you for your love, forgiveness and for the sacrifice you made so we could be saved.
I ask you Lord to help me remember how much I have to be thankful for and the ability to share these thanksgivings with others.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!