We are family

Here’s the song reference.

We gathered at Nonno and Deedaw’s for Thanksgiving yesterday; the girls came over with me early in the morning to handle turkey detail, and the boys followed, after their naps, with Manie.  Niece and Nephew arrived with Frank and Megan just before lunchtime, at almost the exact moment Bugaboo and Beanie tired of watching the parade.

After a day of crafts, stories, outdoor hijinks, and the smells of everyone’s favorite foods wafting through the house, we settled in at the dining room table for a ridiculously large meal, which Deedaw would have expanded further had there not been a near-unanimous revolt from our generation.  Once we had calmed the smallest five hungry people with plates of food, we went around the table, offering those things for which we wished to thank our bountiful and merciful Lord.

I could reprint them all here, but the common thread among all eleven of us who gave voice to our gratitude was family.  We have traveled a difficult and contentious road together, and this is the first time in ten years that all of us have gathered around Nonno and Deedaw’s table for Thanksgiving.  It is quite likely that the same dozen will not be around the table next Thanksgiving, because one will be feasting at a Heavenely table instead.

Not all the food the Lord provides is for the stomach.  Peace be with you.

Today’s prayer:  Lord, thank You for the grace You poured out into the hearts of our family yesterday, for a day of love and fellowship, of joy and forgiveness.  Thank You for the joy of three generations breaking bread and celebrating Your bounty together.  Please help us teach Your blessings that You feed all our hungers, but we must reach out our own hands to take what You give us.


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