Hello, I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. As we inch ever closer to Thanksgiving, can’t you just feel the excitement in the air? A few of us will have family to share a celebration feast, others will just (hopefully) enjoy a day off work and still a few will eat, nap and prepare for an annual “Black Friday” dash. This is such a beautiful time of year.
Some have a hard time with the seasons upon us; either due to a death, memory of a lost loved one or friend. Although recently or years ago, the sights, smells and sounds of a busy kitchen, the flicker of candle light, may enhance the reality of absence. Let’s remember these when we thank the Lord for the many blessings in our own lives.
If this time of year is especially difficult for you, please accept my sincere condolences. I pray the Lord will bring peace and comfort as He makes Himself known to you in a special way this and each year.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His Gates with thanksgiving, and into His Courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.
This Friday will mark the nine year anniversary for my mom’s Home-going. Needless to say, passing away right before Thanksgiving makes this holiday difficult.
Back in 2005, a week after mom’s departure and service, Jonathan, Brittney, Courtney, Charles and I. packed up and went to my sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. As usual, she cooked a tremendous feast. Although somber, the entire Carter family was so loving to me and understanding. I simply could not have asked for more compassionate in-laws. I had space when needed, but never a lack of affection! They all loved my mom dearly and knew what an enormous void her death left.
The last few days I have been dragging around a bit. Today Jonathan called just to tell me he was sorry because he knew I’ve been sad. Now Mr. Carter has his times of sweetness, but I tell you what, that was a God moment! I blew my Lord a kiss and thanked Him from the bottom of my little cracked heart, for bringing me to my husband’s mind and drawing him to call me.
Sisters, how marvelous to know that we are ALWAYS on our Father’s mind!
Oh how I LOVE JESUS.. How about you!
Most Glorious and Wonderful King
We come before You with praise and thanksgiving
We have nothing to offer, O God
And yet You love us
Father, please let us make You smile
Let us want to please You
Direct our hearts in the way of obedience
Lord, thank You for families and for those who will be able to spend the holidays with them
Let there be hours of close fellowship
For those struggling during this time, Father
We ask for Your peace, passing all understanding
Thank You for this land
For the bounty You provide
Let us not forget it is by Your Hand we are blessed
Not of our own strength, will or intellect
Let us set down our pride
For with it, there is no room for genuine appreciation
ALL praise, honor and glory to You
In the Name of Jesus Christ,
“Oh How I Love JESUS” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihmePgaVcdg
**Below is the song we sang at church on Sunday in South Carolina after we returned from the funeral in Huntsville.
My God knows what brings peace and does not withhold comfort from His children. Through praise and pain, I choose to say, Blessed be His Name!
“Blessed Be Your Name” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du0il6d-DAk
“Thanksgiving Medley” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dXCL34aEA