Happy Thanksgiving! To have an entire day dedicated to thankfulness and family is so sweet. I am most excited to hug all of our loved ones and pile my plate high with Grammy’s homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a buttered Hawaiian roll. Confession: I like the side dishes way more than turkey or pie!
Thankfully, the holiday celebrations began early for me this year. On Saturday, I got to watch my parents serve a warm Thanksgiving dinner to our neighbors at our church’s annual One Day of Thanks. It was such a gift to watch them thrive in sharing the love of God with others. They are both incredibly gifted with having extraordinary hearts for others. My heart was filled watching them talk and laugh and pray with strangers-turned-friends.
The event served as a reminder that true joy comes from the Lord. Many of our neighbors have minimal possessions or resources, but it was clear that their cup overflows with pure joy and peace from knowing God. Seeing that puts into perspective that, at the end of the day, stuff is just stuff. It’s faith, family, friendship, and selfless love that matter more than any physical item combined. There is so much to be thankful for when we simply look around at all that we have been blessed with. Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!