A time of Thanksgiving

Nov. 18, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

A time for Thanksgiving. 

On my way to work one morning last week, I stopped by the gas station for some air in a slow-leaking tire.

As I stepped from my car toward the air tank, a gentleman getting into his truck stopped and asked if he could help. I'm so thankful there are people out there willing to help, even the strangers.

A time for Thanksgiving.

I'm thankful for people who aren't too bashful to accept help.

Ever been in the grocery store and noticed a person struggling trying to reach something on a shelf? How wonderful it is when people accept help and what a blessing to be able to offer help.

Today I'm thankful for the memories of Thanksgivings past.

As children, Thanksgiving was always a work day around the house. Being off school for a day in the middle of the week provided plenty of time to rake the leaves, clear garden spots, and by supper time, I was an extremely grateful kid that the work was done as we sat down to my favorite meal of the year.

Wonder why we don't do Thanksgiving meals more often? 

I'll forever be thankful for the Thanksgiving days as an adult, when I' go back home and help Mama cook. 

The hours we spent in our kitchen chopping onions, celery; crumbling bags of corn bread and biscuits and experimenting with sage, is a fond memory. 

I'd like to do that all over again.

I'll be thankful forever for the days my sisters and brother-in-laws started having those precious children, who's children now call me "Gramma Jean." Life is good.

I'm thankful for future Thanksgivings.

I can hardly wait until Thursday when at least three of my mother's siblings and their families will gather to give thanks, fellowship, and have a meal. 

We're thankful that our lives have been strangely warmed this year as we've stood together as a family during the  passing of an uncle and a cousin, as we remember how they enhanced our lives and our joy.

A Time for Thanksgiving.

We're thankful, too, as a family that another uncle has shared much of his life with us this year as we've been able to visit him in Burlington on a regular basis and witness, first hand, his very courageous difficult battle with cancer.

I'm so thankful to have been taught the value of family.

Unlike Christmas, when we've put way to many expectations on the days surrounding Dec. 25, Thanksgiving is so simple, and that's a good thing.

I'm thankful to live in a generous county where people open their hearts and pocketbooks to help feed people at the St. Francis Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Organizers expect 400 to 500 people this year and they could use a little monetary help; call them 447-5503.

At the homeless shelter on W. Main Street in Forest City, hundreds will have their Thanksgiving meal, thanks to the generous support of people like you. They could use a little extra help, too. $5 will more than buy a meal. Call them, 245-9141.

At Cool Springs gym, also on Thanksgiving Day, from 9 a.m.until 11 a.m., hundreds will gather for a meal and receive generous donations of paper products. Thanks Word of Deliverance and volunteers.

Other churches and groups will feed the less fortunate, too.

As we sit down to count our blessings, we can certainly be thankful for the more than 67,000 American troops who will spend Thanksgiving in Afghanistan fighting for our freedoms and we are thankful for all our veterans.

So during this week of Thanksgiving, a little child can remind us, "We thank you God for everything."