Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Because tomorrow is The Day, I wanted to take a moment and tell you all Happy Thanksgiving. And as cliche' as it sounds, I know I have so much to be thankful for. I do appreciate taking the time to especially focus on how our great country began and remember those who gave everything they had to come to a strange land for the purpose of being able to worship their Creator the way they wanted too. So many of them didn't make it. And the ones that did suffered greatly. And because of them we are eating more food than a human being should be allowed to consume in a week - all in one day. We are so blessed. Sometimes it is so hard to believe that all of that happened just a little over 200 years ago. So much has happened in such a short time.
I was remembering a funny Thanksgiving story that happened to us about 3 years ago. Because my husband is a pastor, and because we have a most generous church, we have always been blessed by our people sharing with us the fruit of their labor. We have often received gifts of produce and meat from our parishoners. This was such a blessing to us, especially in the early days of ministry, when we didn't make much money. Many times it made all the difference in the world to what we would be eating that week. Things are much better now but our people are still so very generous. So three years ago John and Sue (not their real names) called us up and told us they had an extra turkey, it was good-sized, and would we like it. Thanksgiving was coming and of course we said yes. "Okay, I'll bring it right over" was the response. I began envisioning baking a turkey in my largest roaster pan. Sure enough, a few minutes later "John's" pick-up pulled up in our driveway and my husband went out to greet him. He got out of the truck, walked to the back, and pulled down the tailgate. Out jumped a turkey! I'm totally serious. It had a long string tied to his neck "so he wouldn't get away"! My husband tried not to laugh because "John" was so earnest. But my husband knew there was no way his wife was going to be okay with a real and very alive turkey! I'm still not sure exactly what words he used to turn this generous soul down. All I know is that the only turkey I wanted to bake came from the grocery store, wrapped in skin-colored plastic, with the word BUTTERBALL across it!
If you are going to be doing some Christmas decorating this weekend you might me interested in this. I love Michael W. Smith. All you have to do is display it, listen to it while you are Christmas decorating, and give a review. Awesome!
May you all have a blessed day tomorrow with your family and friends. Be sure and take some time to thank God for living in this America. Take a few moments to ponder on the sacrifice of people called pilgrims. Count your blessings and name them one by one.
Oh and if you are so inclined, on ESPN2 Friday night Boise State is playing Hawaii in the game of the century. I'm thinking it should be really fun! It would only be better if I were in Oahu watching it! Go Bronco's!