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Thanksgiving: Tradition vs Reality

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FullSizeRender (7)Thanksgiving is a day set aside to unite with family and friends to give thanks to whatever it is that you’re thankful for.  I’ve never been one to really get into the formality of holidays because I don’t believe that one day is nearly enough to express how thankful I am for everything and everyone in my life.  “Thanksgiving,” for me, is a year-long process/celebration.

While many of you will be indulging in a grand feast with your loved ones, I will be visiting with my grandmother who is currently battling an illness in the hospital.  Some of you may even have an extended celebration that goes well into the evening or night and by that time, I will be assisting in the care of my other grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. There are times that I want to break down, but I’m always reminded of how good God has been to me and that even in the midst of my trouble, his love is still great and that is enough to be thankful for.

I want to encourage you, today, to not only express thankfulness on this day but to express it every single day you are alive.  It’s easy to go through life neglecting the little things until tragedy or hardships knock at your door.  It won’t be until then that you really begin to appreciate and express thankfulness on a daily basis.  Soon, “Thanksgiving” will start to look like a regular day to you because you will have grown to a state of a maturity that allows you not to focus so much on tradition but the deeper meaning behind the tradition.

I am thankful for my life in general.  With everything going on in the world, I’m just thankful to be alive.  I’m also thankful for my parents who I wouldn’t trade for anything.  Thank you for always loving and supporting me through everything.  I’m thankful for my sister and if you know me, you know that we are stuck at the hip.  Thank you for your presence in my life.  I’m just thankful to God for surrounding me with an amazing family and for eliminating the negativity out of my life.

For those of you who believe and trust in God, I ask you to pray for my family as we continue to care for our loved ones who are ill.  I don’t know who may be reading this, but I do know that everyone could use a little prayer.  So you pray for me and I’ll pray for you!  Be safe this holiday and cherish the moments you share with your loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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