I was glancing through my photos to see which one I should use today for my blog. I chose the piano because I think music adds a calming dimension to our lives if we allow it to do so. Thanksgiving Day should be a day of gratitude, peace, and serenity. May the music play quietly in our hearts.
Several people I know are celebrating birthdays today. Happy birthday to each of you. The whole nation is apparently celebrating with you on your important day.
Being in ministry for over 18 years has made me more sensitive to the hurts and struggles of those who find the holidays difficult. Families who have lost loved ones in the previous year can find the first Thanksgiving without that person extremely difficult. That empty chair at the table is a reminder of the loss. Others can find the holiday filled with anxiety because of family tension and strife. Loneliness is prevalent in many instances. Others struggle financially to even put a meal on the table. How do you maintain a heart of gratitude when the circumstances are so dire?
Whatever the circumstances are in your life today, please know I am praying for all who read these words today. May you experience God's love in a profound way.
I am blessed by God's grace; I hope I never take that gift for granted. I will do my best to keep the music in my heart even when life seems a little off key.