I know. Giving thanks during a pandemic seems like an oxymoron, but hear me out. Yes, I get it. Close to 13 million infected, and over 260 thousand gone. Last year, social distancing meant you unfollowed your conspiracy theory-spewing friend on Facebook, and the only day you wore a mask was on Halloween. I’m not trying to make light of what’s happening. Like many, I lost friends to COVID-19 and along with other diseases this year, and I miss them dearly.
But today is Thanksgiving, a day to express gratitude for your many blessings. A day to put aside our hurt, our pain, and focus on the miracles. I’m not talking about the biblical ones, although one can argue there would be nothing wrong spending some time reflecting on many splendid wonders found in Holy Scripture.
Instead, I’m talking about the ones found in today’s world; the simple things like the sound of an infant’s laughter. The comforting warmth from your dog, cat, or ferret, as you snuggle on the couch. Shutting off your interior lights, and flipping the switch on your Christmas tree, marveling at the shadows and illumination cascading from the angel or star sitting atop your Douglas fir or Norway spruce.
This afternoon, as I gather with my loved ones around our Thanksgiving table, I’m going to take a moment and reflect on the many blessings 2020 delivered, like friends and family starting new jobs. Three of our four adult children, arriving home healthy and safe. My friends, and extended family, gathering in small groups, celebrating this special day. The fans and supporters who’ve taken time to send me notes of thanks and encouragement. Lastly, my beloved wife. She has the fortune of seeing me at my best and worst and still remains by my side.
Thank you, all, for your many blessings. May The Lord Bless you and keep you, and I may you truly have a Happy Thanksgiving.