Happy Thanksgiving–a little late

     Typically we would begin sharing thoughts about all the positive outcomes of the year today, but the 2020 year has certainly challenged us to find positives to share.

     When we last visited, I did share that even through this COVID season, there are some positives developing.  It is so important to use an optimistic a twist as we can put for the year.  

     Therefore, let’s look at this holiday weekend as one to rest and resolve to look for ways to reboot our lives despite the pandemic.

      Right now, I am sitting in the backseat of the car while waiting for my husband to complete another round of testing–this time a physical therapy form of testing.  Our year has been challenging since the truck wreck July 26, 2019; but the rehab is basically completed; and today’s results will guide us forward.

     The sun is out, the wind is whipping the car, but the temperatures are mild; and the car provides an excellent mini-office environment.  What if it is was like so many other cold, grey November days?  I would not be able to do this.

     Add to this the flexibility that a laptop computer provides.  I am a Mac user; and it works like a champ sitting here in the car.  I can even link to WiFi–either through my phone or the guest server at the facility.

     Despite all, I am happily sitting here working away.  Seems pretty good.

     Thanksgiving, itself, may look a little different for most of us this year.  I know that our entire society is considering whether or not to meet with their usual family members or if the risk of developing COVID, 

     What makes us happy?  This is what we need to remember.  Happy is family, good food, and knowing that God is with us all the time. 

     Even if we meet just as a small family group, isn’t that worth celebrating.

     Maybe our traditional Thanksgiving meal is pared down to just the basics:  turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin pie.  The taste is the highlight and the reduced work load makes for a happy Thanksgiving.

     How often do we ever take a day just to relax?  All too often we use the full seven days of a week.  God told us to take a sabbath each week. 

     This is a bonus day to use as a sabbath.  The best-case scenario is that you honestly get to rest from Thursday through Sunday before resuming a normal work week schedule.

     Yes, here in 2020 we can honestly wish one another a Happy Thanksgiving.  And then we move into Advent and the Christmas season.  Next thing you know, we will be saying farewell to 2020 and welcoming 2021 filled with hope for relief.

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