Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving

I have mixed emotions today, and here is why--Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, or so we say.
-So, tomorrow, families will gather from miles away and they will share a meal. Some families will experience great joy because relationships have been cultivated. Other families will experience tension and chaos because bitterness has seeped in, abuse (physically, emotionally, and/or verbal) has taken place, or an absent father has tainted relationships. Therefore, I pray for this to be a season of reconciliation, forgiveness, and cultivation.
-Tomorrow, many of us will eat until we can't eat anymore--turkey, ham, brisket, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, etc. However, I also realize that many of my friends here in Houston will be without a meal tomorrow. I went to lunch yesterday with Kevin--mid-30's, has spent a few years in prison, can't find a job, lives with his mom, has 44 tattoos--he won't have a big meal. Many people throughout this nation won't. I can't help but remember them.
-Tomorrow, I will sit with my wife's family. However, I know that many people are experiencing their first Thanksgiving without a dad, mom, brother, sister, child, grandmother, or grandpa. My heart goes out to them. I pray for comfort and an overwhelming sense of God's abiding presence.

I still love Thanksgiving. I love:
-Family
-Laughing
-Food
-Cowboys
-Huskers vs. Colorado
-UT vs. ATM

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

8 comments:

Truitt Ross said...

I'm so thankful to have a sweet husband like you. You are the BEST! You are #2 on the list of what I'm most thankful for this year, Truitt is #1! Better luck next year. : ) love you. - kayci

Josh Ross said...

That ain't even right, Kayci Joy!

Beverly Ross said...

I definitely count you among my top 'thanksgivings'! You are a blessing!!!! We loved being with you last weekend. May God's travelling mercies cover you guys!

Anonymous said...

One of the great blessings of the Thanksgiving season is the inter-faith service that helps BIM. It is wonderful to have so many religious groups that acknowledge God the Father and his blessings to his children. The service this year was so meaningful and touching. I especially loved the hymn that was sung in two groups-one in the front and one in the back. It really filled the auditorium with joy.

Anonymous said...

Only you could make me feel joyful and sorrowful at the same time. Thankful for my blessings but so compassionate for others at the same time. How are you going to influence me next? Maybe your words will inspire me to sell my home and be a full-time minister. Oh wait, you already did that.

T

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Brandon Scott said...

I am thankful. Thankful for YOU. Love you, bro.
B

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