To all of my friends, all of my foes, even everyone I don’t know, I have a Thanksgiving Wish For Love just for you………..Whether we agree or disagree, matters not, just that you receive this wish for love, then share it with others in the same spirit that it was originally sent to you. It is a simple wish, with a simple request, sealed with love and prayers. Everyone can afford to send this gift and it is priceless to receive.
I have received this gift before, but it always fits, always in style, always the right color and always brings a smile. I never tire of receiving it and I pray that I will be just as quick to give it, always. The gift is simply LOVE.
For most of us it is very easy to love our family and friends, though there seems to be a growing number of people who have a hard time doing that. For some of us it is easy to be kind to someone you don’t know, some even have an easier time being kind to a stranger than they do being kind to their family and friends. For many it is easy to be kind to those who agree with them, much harder for those who disagree with them.
Times are hard for many and many of us do not have as much to give as we did a few years ago. The poor have always been amongst us, but there are more of the poor now, than ever before. While many of us are Blessed enough to have, we may not have as much as we once did. Times have indeed been much leaner for many.
Where is all of this coming from? Like many, from time to time, the bad news of the world, just gets to me. The corruption, deceit, murder, thievery, hatred, wars, hard times, all are more than a person can bear at times. In this country we have been in election mode for so many years now, it is almost hard to believe that there is a pause. The mud-slinging and bitterness of the sides is also hard to deal with, especially when we have to fact check the way we do now, because we can no longer take politicians at their word.
Like many others, I was just exhausted and frazzled after this election and I just had to turn it all off, blog included. I just needed some time to regroup. I began to look forward to the holiday season, hoping that we could all realize that no matter what happens in this world, no one can ever take our spirit from us, not unless we let them.
I began reaching out to God, for relief from my frustration, answers to my questions, hope for my hopelessness, comfort for my weary heart. As always, He began comforting me, giving me a renewed sense of hope, peace in my heart and He answered a few questions, as well. His answers came through music, love, dreams and the words of others, as much as His Words. My husband bought me a cd some time ago and I love it. It was one that I actually asked for, because I had heard a song on it that was just so inspiring, but in listening to it, there were many more that became inspiring to me. Through the period I just went through, the following song really spoke to me. The song is “Keep My Heart Alive” by Sanctus Real and I highly recommend their music.
Another way that God touched my heart recently was an email from a precious friend of mine, Kelly Sharpton. Those of you that regularly read this blog, know who Kelly is and you know who Megan Sharpton is, Kelly’s beautiful daughter, who touched this world in a very special way. Megan was full of love and life. Love, Hope, Joy, Peace and Charity were all traits of Megan’s. She was a starry-eyed girl, full of life and all of those wonderful traits. Megan is no longer with us on this earth, but her spirit and her life still touch those of us that know her story. Her mother Kelly had a Thanksgiving challenge for me, for all of us……..
The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.― Abigail Van Buren
This Thanksgiving weekend, I plan to honor the empty chair at my dinner table by doing something good or kind to someone that needs it. I don’t have tons of money so I am not feeding the masses or buying bunches of stuff to give to people I know are more deserving than me. What I want to do is share a smile, or a hug, open a door, pick up the neighborhood trash, say a prayer for an innocent child who’s world has been turned upside down, or perhaps buy a small toy or two for a Christmas Angel. You’ve seen that person eating alone. Megan used to invite them to her table to share their meal with her. You’ve glanced at a child who hasn’t been given something of their own in a very long time. Meg always leaned down and told them they were special.
What are you going to do this holiday season? How will you honor the empty chairs at so many tables in so many towns near and far? Megan’s light is bright. Will you help me make it shine for someone who needs a little light? Peace to you and yours…Shine on Meg. We love you all the time.
I was so touched by her request, that it just had to be shared. It was meant to be shared. Will you rise to the challenge? God placed something on my heart recently, “The love in your heart will save you.” His answer to my struggles and frustrations in recent times is a simple one…………LOVE.
It is my prayer that you will all rise to the challenge and have a VERY HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING………GOD BLESS YOU ALL…………………
(I would also like to thank my friend Jill for her love and concern.)