…and at the same time, remembering that there are a lot of people in my own city, state, and nation, as well as around the world, who are suffering.
We have several families within our own church body who are unemployed, and several more whose jobs are ending in December. After being somewhat insulated from the effects of the economic downturn, Texas is now experiencing increasing job loss and a number of people coming to the end of their unemployment benefits without a job in sight. Having a job is something to be thankful for, and being able to help someone who doesn’t is an opportunity to be thankful for.
I spoke yesterday with a member of our church who lost his wife a year ago, and is now battling cancer himself. He was in good spirits, happy to be home from a week long stay in the hospital, and looking forward to the holidays. As always, he was concerned about what was going on at the church. His energy level is low but his mind is focused on the well being of other people.
Today, my wife and I are going to do our traditional thing at Thanksgiving. Since before we were married, we’ve made the dinner buffet at the Galvez Hotel in Galveston our Thanksgiving table. Living at some distance from family, as we do, we’re usually somewhere else on Thanksgiving, and so, in those years when we are hear, we’ve gone back to the place which was the scene of what was our first genuine date, by definition. For the past two years, since Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, it has taken on new meaning. Two people for dinner isn’t much of a contribution, but it is combined with everyone else who shows up, quite a crowd on that particular day.
We have much to be thankful for.