|My little son Will examining a spot where deer lay at night.|
On this day, Americans celebrate with their families, Thanksgiving Day. For many it is a time of rejoicing and reacquaintance, but for the not so fortunate, it is a time of being alone and filled with sadness. During the holidays for these individuals it becomes a time of sorrow filled with memories and what ifs. I remember being overseas eating Army food and wishing I could be having my mom's cooking instead. I remember in college eating at a restaurant far from home, and missing my family and the good food they were having. But then one day, my thoughts changed when accepting Christ. I began to choose to help others not so fortunate as myself by working in soup kitchens during Thanksgiving. I decided that I was going to change, and help others rather than dwell in my own saddness. Jesus helped me to see through his eyes instead.
I understand as in all things, one must choose to see what a person wants to, whether it is bad or good, happy or sad. I know that there is a balance in all things, and sometimes, heartache cannot be avoided. It must be worked through, and in the end, growth does take place. Sometimes though, it is through these most difficult times we realize our inner strengths and weaknesses. There are times though that I am overwhelmed with life, and no matter how positive I might try to be, it is not enough. As a Christian, I know that my strength and insights about life comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
|Little cousin Nathaniel running to his mama, Gayle.|