Turkey, travel and turmoil…a Thanksgiving tale


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.


One thought on “Turkey, travel and turmoil…a Thanksgiving tale

  1. Missy says:

    Hi Keith,
    Thank you so much for these post. I truly look forward every week to reading what you write. Today I do have a prayer request. My mom is facing the possibility of having to have one of her toes amputated due to an injury a couple of months ago. However, right now she is not dealing very well with the thought of losing that toe and has started verbally attacking the ones she loves. We are trying very hard to just overlook it but yesterday my son was trying to drain the water from the potatoes and the lid slipped and some fell into the sink. She told him with such hatred in her voice “Thanks for ruining my whole thanksgiving”. It hurt my son and so instead of going with her to our families gathering he and his family went to my house and waited for me to get off work. Please just pray for peace to return to our family.

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