Last year’s Thanksgiving holiday was one of our most memorable ever. We had planned to leave Knoxville late Wednesday afternoon in order to join our extended family in Memphis. Hollianne and I had signed up to run in the Turkey Day 5k in Germantown. We were all ready for three days of relaxed family time. Then life happened.
Carson, our daughter, woke up at 2 am with a stomach virus. After getting her back into bed and resting (somewhat) comfortably, the virus hit me. Like a hammer. Carson and I were both in bad shape…and certainly in no condition to travel over to West Tennessee. The decision was made that we would all stay home.
Hollianne had made an adjustment, however. After we cancelled our trip she made an unplanned run to the supermarket and bought a small turkey. She cobbled together some side items and created a small, intimate Thanksgiving celebration for just the five of us. Carson and I had sufficiently recovered enough to eat a (light) Thanksgiving meal. While we missed the larger celebration, we did have a family gathering after all. Hollianne made the best of a bad situation.
While last’ years experience wasn’t ideal, the illness did give me ample time to reflect on my blessings. I have many reasons to smile, but I’ve come to the conclusion that every gift in my life can be narrowed down to one simple act. And that’s the redemption, forgiveness and hope that Jesus gave all of us on the cross.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. — 2 Corinthians 5:21
Who deserves such a gift? Not me. Jesus came to earth to die for all of our sins. He bore all our guilt, transgressions and shame on Calvary’s cross that day. And while I don’t deserve it, I appreciate it.
Be sure to take some time tomorrow to reflect on your many blessings. I just hope it doesn’t take a stomach bug to force you to do it…
God bless- and let me know if I can pray for you.