Years ago I drew a series of pictures for a possible children’s book. I think they turned out pretty good. If you ask my mother, she thinks they turned out great! I had to take them off her refrigerator just to get them ready for publication.
The story is of a little boy who has a great day in the falling snow. He sleds down hills, he tastes the falling flakes, and skates on the ice. At the end of the day, he makes his way back into the house where he enjoys a big, comfy chair, a warm fire, a hot cup of cocoa and the companionship of his dog.
And so, today, I was thinking of this little story and how we don’t really want much more than that, if you boil it down. We want comfort and are thankful when it comes. We desire warmth and protection and spend much of our life pursuing this. We want sustenance and if it comes in the form of chocolate, even better. But most of all, we enjoy companionship. We crave friendship, family, home. We desire this above all else.
I think that is one reason I enjoy Thanksgiving so much. It is a time of year when we gather with friends and family, not to exchange gifts or with any agenda. We eat, we play some games, and we laugh. We remember those who helped make our lives special and pray for their souls, and then we eat some more, watch some sport, and laugh. It is a wonderful, beautiful cycle.
And so, on this Thanksgiving day, I pray that you all will know comfort, sustenance, and the warmth that comes from the bonds of love. May you all find gratitude and grace in the arms of your friends and family.