Full

This Thanksgiving is a season of fullness, it seems. There are empty spaces to be sure, people who are missing from our family gathering, but I am struck by fullness.
Our home is full… of precious family and friends sleeping on every horizontal surface available and filling up the chairs around the table. It is full of love and laughter as we eat together, play together, read together, and share our lives together.
Our bellies are full… of turkey and all the fixings, pies and Schmidt truffles (thanks, Ellie!), fruit and Tastykakes (thanks, John and Linda!). The fridge is full of food and leftovers and we’re working hard to use up those extra calories we’ve eaten.
Our hearts are full… of gratitude to God for the incredible blessings we have been given just because He loves mankind and cares about having a relationship with us. How can we ever be thankful enough for all our blessings? I’m overwhelmed by the length of the list: freedom to worship, vote, travel, work; material resources, plenty, enough to share with those in need; people who love us and care about us; a personal relationship with a God who gave His only Son Jesus to die for our sin that we might have eternal life. The list goes on and on. Oh, how truly full we are.
I hope that our fullness will be evident to those around us, that they would be fuller because of us, because of the God we serve. I pray that you, whoever you are, would pause and count your blessings, because even in times of need and emptiness, you can be full.
Thanksgiving 2006
Here’s the gang for this year: John and Linda and their kids, Joy and Sam; Roger and I, and our son James and his girlfriend Ellie.

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