"Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:8
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
I have begun typing this blog, deleted what I wrote and re-started about a dozen times now... I have so much to be thankful for that writing it all out seems overwhelming, if not impossible.
My gratitude runs so deep for so many reasons! 2012 has been the best year of my life so far! And today I get to celebrate my first Thanksgiving at home with my family in many years!!! I even helped prepare some of the meal with my mom and grandma! I can't wait to eat it all in a few hours!!
I know this Thanksgiving will be one of the most special yet!
As I am sitting here, I can't stop thinking about my most favorite Turkey Day memory...Thanksgiving 2010.
Just 2 weeks after getting out of the hospital, after a very long 16 months inpatient, I celebrated in our Mexican apartment with my special-hero-angel-doctors, Dr. Cantu, Dr. Luigi, Dr. Rainbow and their families.
That meal was prepared by my mom with sooo much love, admiration and gratitude for these amazing doctors who had saved my life and become our Mexican family.
To watch the hands of the doctor who saved you, carve the first Turkey you are able to eat in 5 years, was really beyond words and my wildest dreams!
It was all so surreal back then, and even more so now this year as I prepare to sit around our table, in my own home, with my entire family around me!
I am so thankful for this day!!!
But my heart is heavy for all of my friends who are not doing so well right now. This time of year it's extra important to keep everyone suffering with chronic illness/pain in your thoughts and prayers. During the years I was sick all the holidays served to do was remind me of how horrible my condition was, and each year the good memories of holidays past seemed further and further away. Holidays exacerbate the hopelessness, loneliness and limitations that an ill person is already dealing with daily. For me, whether it was smelling the food I couldn't eat, hearing the laughter I was not a part of, or being in a hospital away from it all... It was incredibly hard, and sometimes totally impossible to feel thankful about anything.
Except for that One thing.
This year and every year I will always be most thankful to God for being a God who...
Forgives all [my] sins and heals all [my] diseases,
who redeems [my] life from the pit
and crowns [me] with love and compassion,
who satisfies [my] desires with good things
so that [my] youth is renewed like the eagle's.
No matter what circumstance you presently find yourself in, Remember who He is this Thanksgiving!!
The holiday of Thanksgiving is a great reason to get together with family and eat delicious food... But "thanksgiving" also needs to be a daily practice of thanking God for what He has done in the past & trusting Him for what He will do in the future.
Happy Thanksgiving 2012 and Thank YOU to everyone who has loved and supported me and my family through our crazy journey!
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into more than enough. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity, problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into God's perfect timing. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates hope for the future."
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