Friday, November 25, 2011

the day after: a reflection

i am thankful for the feast. for the green bean casserole and the yams. the chicken and dumplings and the sweet tea. for the children playing in the living room and the adults gathered around the kitchen table. for the after-lunch walk down that country road. a solid, straight path of land, flanked by cornfields and oaks.

but when it's all over, when every single tupperware dish is pulled from the cabinets to hold leftovers and we sink into bed with full bellies after the ballgame, what i am thankful for most of all is this: time.

like my sweet mama and dad who came with me to the thanksgiving eve lovefeast on wednesday night. one town away, in a church we did not know. just to support me, love me and encourage me, feasting alongside me on sweet lovefeast buns served as we sang songs of praise to our Father.

the service was free, and the buns were small and cold. but mama held my hand when i prayed and i looked over and saw dad singing. and i remembered the intangible blessings of life, relayed through a handhold. a song. and a prayer. i am most thankful for this pocket of time, this sweet envelope of borrowed hours. to love every day. every single, glorious, God-given day.

p.s. the giveaway winner of the justaddsunshine contest is amanda! i'll contact you to claim your $18 gift credit! happy thanksgiving:)

13 comments:

Thisisme. said...

Oh, your writing is just so sweet! I always feel as if I am right there with you. If we all went through life like you, and thinking your beautiful thoughts, how much better this world would be. Delightful post my friend. Hugs, and thank you for always making me feel warm inside whenever I visit here.

Christi said...

Goodness. Goosebumps again. Happy Thanksgiving, friend.

Holli said...

This is beautiful... you have such a good soul....

Amber Blue Bird said...

So very true. As much as I loved the food, family is the best of he holidays.

Erin said...

I think we all overlook this. Time is a gift and we are so blessed with all the opportunities we are given to spend it with the ones we love. I am thankful for time. Thanks for sharing! :)

chambanachik said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. :)

Gwen Edwards said...

how simple and beautiful:)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cara-Mia said...

I knew you would have something beautiful written here post-Thanksgiving. <3

Ana Magdalena said...

I must agree, the time spent with family is precious.

the southern hostess said...

I love those small moments most of all. Beautiful post.

gina said...

Love the picture in this post! LOL
And well said, my friend, well said.
Gosh, did I mention your blog is incredible!!!?

kate said...

mama holding your hand during church and dad singing praise. such a beautiful, sweet, wonderful image. this brought me so much happiness:)

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