Give thanks

Thanksgiving decor

To me, the holidays bring a sense of belonging. There is a warmness, an extra niceness. 

Yes, the world gets frantic and grumpy when the store shelves aren’t stocked with what we want and the check-out lines are too long and the children need naps and, well, so do we but we still need to make that Aldi stop because Wal-Mart was out of pumpkin pie filling.

But then we come home and the individuality fades and there is a togetherness again, even in the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen.

Celebrating far from family isn’t quite like this. The sense of belonging is lessened. Not vanished, but subtle, something I need to search for. But those remaining shards are precious too. Even from far away, I belong. And that belonging tints the world with bright, warm tones and I find myself extra happy this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. 

I don’t want to spend the holidays wishing I were somewhere I am not. I choose to contribute to the joy of right here, because this is where I belong too.

Ten things I’m thankful for this year:

  1. the great faithfulness of a loving Father
  2. Spain’s acceptance of my 5-year residency application
  3. the tail-end of COVID-19
  4. friends and neighbors that I bump into every time I step outside
  5. strong family dynamics, even though I live thousands of miles away
  6. music
  7. opportunities to travel and experience other worlds
  8. my team, my “right-here” family
  9. sweater and boots weather
  10. enough, even with climbing energy and food prices

What are you thankful for?


Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

2 thoughts on “Give thanks

  1. 1. A loving heavenly Father who WANTS to hear from me, in fact encourages me to call on Him, to ask of Him!
    2. A loving family who loves their mother even though she has made many mistakes. I am far from being a perfect mother.
    3. A church family who loves me and accepts me for who and what I am. They also stand behind me in prayer!
    4. A house that is sufficient as an earthly dwelling. It protects me from the elements, heats and cools.
    5. Good friends!
    6. Good neighbors who check on me and look out for me but are not overbearing.
    7. The physical and mental ability to help those in need.
    8. A warm embrace!
    9. The freedom to worship with other believers and lift songs of praise to the only One who deserves it.
    10. The sacrifice my Savior made so that I could inherit eternal life!

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