Friday, November 26, 2010

Simply Thankful

This year Thanksgiving Day passed quietly at our house. Although we will celebrate the holiday merrily with extended family this weekend, the mood at home has been subdued.

Friends warned me that the holidays would be difficult now that a seat at our table is empty, but I had hoped that focusing on the family still gathered round would keep sadness at bay. Sometimes the tears have come this week -- and often at the most unexpected times -- but along with them has dawned the realization that grief can help us scoot our chairs closer.

The loss of a loved one helps us find greater value in our family relationships.
The tears pull us closer, as we lean on each other.
The memories help us look for the beauty in everyday moments shared.
The missing reminds us how important it is to be present.
And the hole left in our hearts reminds us how fulfilling life can be when it is filled with love.

And for that, I am Grateful.

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life." -- Robert Louis Stevenson


Anonymous said...

Much LOVE to you, grateful heart; your words are so true
Lieve groeten
Godeliva van Ariadone

La Table De Nana said...

You certainly know how to make the most of everything..Good for you and your family..Scooting in closer together..

Grandma Ellen said...

Peace to you as you find new ways to celebrate and remember. My father was here yesterday; he was given a grim diagnosis of inoperable brain tumors earlier this month. He has reminded me that for all we know, each day we have could be our last one. So, we celebrated yesterday, knowing that we are grateful to God for each and every day. Thanksgiving is truly a year-round season.

Jan M said...

Beauiful. Hugs to you.

Toyin O. said...

Beautiful words, thanks for sharing.

Shannon Miller said...

"grief can help us scoot our chairs closer"

This brought tears to my eyes, Melissa. What a beautiful thought. Thank you for sharing.

Becky said...

Melissa...I feel with you. And have discovered lately that tears can be a good thing. I love to remember, especially right now, that God is holding every single one of my tears in His hands, and will continue to do so. They will never go unnoticed and He cries with me. Feels it all with me. Sending you love!

hip-chick said...

What a beautiful post and a beautiful tribute to your loved one.

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