This week is Thanksgiving. I'm thankful that I am finding liveliness this year. Last year was particularly difficult because my husband died in September of 2011 from brain cancer. I was still in a state of disbelief then, even though we had been living with the terminal diagnosis for fifteen months.
This year Thanksgiving began for me Sunday in church with the magnificent voices of the choir and the congregation. Music always lifts my spirits with joyful cascades of sound.
During fellowship time I met a person who is new to Pocatello. I engaged in conversation to extend a friendly welcome. I listened to his story and invited three guys into our conversation. We quickly learned that he needs encouragement and involvement. He has a one and a half year old son living in the city who doesn't know his father. Dad has been driving long hall. Dad decided to settle in Pocatello in order to be active with his son. His goal is to get a job with medical benefits for his son. Hard to do. He does have a job thankfully and he now has supportive contacts.
Sunday evening we had the community wide ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service sponsored by the Portnuef Valley Interfaith Fellowship. It was held at St John's on the University campus. Every seat was taken and many children were sitting on adults' laps. Many faiths were present. Given our locality, it isn't surprising that there were lots of Mormon families. Other faiths present, Jewish, Catholic, American Indian and others. The mayors from Pocatello and Chubbuck made a proclamation naming this week Thanksgiving Week. The Idaho State University Children's Choir sang harmoniously and a LDS women's group, Reflection, sang a couple of numbers including Amazing Grace.
I'm thankful that in spite of our differences, especially politically, we were able to come together. Do you know that there is a movement afoot in the state of Idaho to secede from the Union? Really!
My daughter is making the turkey and I'm bringing dinner rolls and a multiberry pie. She's invited her university students to come to our Thanksgiving feast. There are likely to be individuals from other countries. I'm looking forward to hearing their stories.
I'm planning on extending Thanksgiving into December. No thanks to Black Friday and all the push to buy stuff for the holidays.
We call being thankful "gratitude." Each day I'm going to look for the blessings of life and offer thanks.
What are you thankful for? What blessings are you experiencing?