It’s here…the day that has been set aside each year for us to gather together, stuff our faces, complain about being ‘full’ and going back for thirds, all while being surrounded by friends and family. Oh wait! I meant to say a day set aside for us to be Thankful and to share with family and friends…otherwise known as Thanksgiving.
I have so much to be thankful for, I am beyond blessed. Last Sunday my pastor (Rev. Chuck Carr) preached about being thankful for the stuff we ‘don’t’ have. Sometimes we wait until we’re blessed or something totally awesome happens before we take time out to say ‘thanks’ to God (or others); when in reality we should be thankful for the stuff that we don’t get or that doesn’t happen; i.e. the fact that I drive back and forth to Poplar Bluff every day and make it there and back safe and sound. That my car has wheels that still go round-n-round. That my washer broke and has to be fixed, but at least the belt didn’t catch on fire and burn my utility room up. There are so MANY little things that (doesn’t) happen that we just take for granted (for instance breathing) that we fail to be thankful for. So instead of waiting for the ‘big one’ to say thanks, start with the simple stuff and with all the ‘unanswered’ prayers (what we thought we needed at the time, but when it didn’t happen we realized that it was better that way anyway). It was a good sermon, and made one stop and think.
Some things I’m thankful for:
1. My family (parents and extended). They support me (financially, spiritually), they are my sounding board for my thoughts and frustrations, they love me unconditionally (with all my faults and failures), and I know they would be there regardless.
2. My church. It’s one of the greatest places ever. My extended church family is there to support me and keep things going. The accept me and everyone else with open arms. I have the best Pastor and Bishop a person could ask for…and I love them all very much.
3. My brother and his family. They moved in about three years ago for a three month stay. They are helping me make ends meet while I’m in school, by paying rent so I can make my house payment (since the place won’t sell). There has been adjustments along the way, some give-n-take, and my OCD challenged with the new arrangement of my fridge and pantry. But I wouldn’t trade them for anything, and I couldn’t have made it this far in the program without them being here with as little debt as I have incurred so far.
4. School. It may drive me to the funny farm, and some of the methods to the madness drives me bonkers…I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The opportunities to help people and to learn the art of being a nurse, so I can go forward and be an advocate for people and to help them and be there for them. It’s priceless. I am thankful for this opportunity and for the friendships I have created with the other student’s in my class. We shall keep swimming…and we will make it to the end!!
5. My illness. I have MS, it does funky things to my body, I have to take shots three times a week. I’ve been blessed with a great network that helps me with my medications (MS Lifelines), and was given one of the top doctors in the industry who is very well known in the MS Society (Dr Barry Singer), and it has helped me understand and I have compassion on individuals who are dealing with their illness. It also gives me the opportunity to practice giving shots. :)
6. My grandparents and the time I had with them while they were here. Growing up I had six grandparents and three great-grandparents living until I was around 16 years old. Some people were lucky to have one. The first great-grandparent that I lost was my Great-grandpa March (he was 103), then it was another eight years or so my Grandma McClintock (12/2003) passed. Then it was my Great-grandma McClintock (9/2009), Granny Gentry (7/2010), then my Grandpa McClintock (9/2012), and Grandpa March (9/2012). I’m left with one remaining Grandma (Foster) and my step-grandmother (Ruby). I have a legacy and very full and blessed childhood having them all be a part of my life.
I could go on and on: my car, the financial blessings I’ve received over the past two years, my friends, and so-on and so-on. God has put so much in my life that it is over flowing.
I just want to wish all that have read this a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family. And I make the suggestion to stop on more occasions than just this one day and be thankful for what you have…and what you don’t have.