The day we determine to give thanks for all our blessings has often signaled the beginning of the Christmas season with thoughts of how much money we can save by going shopping the day after we fill our bellies with tasty treats and overdose on football games.

Some of my fondest memories of Thanksgiving didn’t really come from the amount of food or the obvious bounty, but the actual gathering of friends and relatives – the hugs – the conversation – the laughter. This year will be different. Yet, this is still a time for giving thanks.

Last week I asked the question, “What do we have to be thankful for?” We’ve been mandated to wear masks, to limit the number of guests we invite into our homes, order our food from outside, social distance and basically be unhappy during this time which is normally dedicated to a feeling of gratitude. Many of the population will be isolated this Thanksgiving. Many will take a chance and hope to beat the odds by having the usual feast and pray there are no repercussions. Some will take it all in stride while others will complain and fuss.

So really, in all of this what do we have to be thankful for? Many of our rights have been stripped away. Our churches will be empty. Our tables will not be as full. Our Christmas shopping will be done online. All of this will occur with a sense of the unknown laying at the end of each day. A time of year when sensitivity runs rampant, when feelings of loneliness and loss fills hearts, when the additional stress of a pandemic and an unresolved election, we find it difficult to see the good in any of it.

Still, we have the promises of our eternal God. He loves us so much that He’s provided for our salvation. There is no cost on our part. He alone is the reason we have a place reserved in heaven. We have access to the King of Creation because of His great love for us – an undeserved love which we don’t merit. This year of what seems to be a collection of challenges that would normally be insurmountable, doesn’t have to be that way. We might need this kind of wake up call to realize what’s really important to us. If that becomes the result, we have so much to be thankful for – even in the year 2020.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Absolutely love this. I will not focus on the negativity which has become so much worse..receiving Covid alerts on my phone in Illinois…to not travel for Thanksgiving. I thought the alerts were for storms and bombings. Oh, I forgot Covid is much worse. I have known several who have had it. One died..he was in his 90’s and four lived with no problems. After Thanksgiving, at the work place we have been told not to talk or eat lunch with each other for a week,,,avoid contact as much as we can and we are to work is small rooms. I did not miss a day last year but may take a few days off that week…just sending an email that I couldn’t sleep for few days…probably want me test anyway. I am not going to follow every suggestion. My focus is truly on God and I share that often when someone brings up a new rule…I remind that in my retirement days coming soon, I only listen to him.

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    • says:

      His words are always good and the greatest source of peace. Hang in there and have a blessed thanksgiving.


  2. hatrack4 says:

    Odd, it may be a guy thing, but I can remember when I went to a college football game instead of staying home for the dinner. I can remember my new (3rd wife) sister-in-law who threatened to kill my sister’s daughter (my niece). That led to six-months of abuse by my mother toward my wife. Due to her prejudice toward my wife, it had to be my wife’s fault that my niece got mouthy, leading to my mother’s abuse, leading to heart palpitations, leading to finding the heart condition which led to open-heart surgery two years ago. Part of that all things are for the good. Otherwise, I still cook turkey the same way my Dad did and due to my diet (no wheat, no onion) it will be the first year without cornbread dressing (you use stale bread chopped into cubes, but the bulk is cornbread.). Yep, I remember the food, and falling asleep watching football afterwards. In the Army, I missed a few fourth of July picnics, Memorial Day BBQs, and one Christmas Day and one Easter, but I think I was not on duty for any of the Thanksgivings. That would be a memory I would want to forget.

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