I work hard at living thankfulness all year around, but this week even the news on TV points us in that direction. We are thankful today for health, after such a long period of Covid-19 demanding everyone’s attention. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks with sciatica, but today I can stand up and walk with just a little discomfort. For that I am very thankful! Our friend Nakia who has been living in our house here in Yuma had Covid when we first came back and we mostly talked across the lot for the first week or so. We were all thankful when her second test came back negative! She helped us move our belongings into our house and moved hers into the RV. Since my upper back doesn’t like me to lift and carry and my sciatica didn’t like me to walk, it would have been a tough move without her. So I am thankful!
Today we were able to go back to church at Desert Grace Nazarene. Last week, so many members were sick, including the whole praise team, the pastor and his family, that they didn’t have a regular church service. It was good to be greeted by friends we haven’t seen since April. I’m thankful for our churches, all the ones we call “home” even for a short time. The body of Christ isn’t limited by denomination or distance.
We had word today that Heidi and some of her family will be able to visit us for Christmas! What a wonderful bit of news! We are looking forward to showing them our winter home, and I’m thankful that travel is not restricted.
This week as we gather around our table with friends, we will all remember the families we left behind temporarily in order to be warm. As we sit on the deck LeRoy covered this week for a shared meal, we will be thankful to be together, since last year our guests were in an accident on their way here, wrecked their motor home and weren’t able to get here at all.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be over this week, any more than Christmas will be over in December. Both should live in our hearts all year long.