I didn’t grow up with thanksgiving day as a holiday. Christmas season in Brazil officially begins sometime in early November and goes on until January 6, Kings’ Day. Yes, that’s traditionally the day the Catholic church celebrates the Magi arriving in Bethlehem. But growing up, Thanksgiving day celebration was relegated to a couple of children’s choirs singing at a local mall and a blip on the news. Brazilians are missing out, and as I stopped to take inventory of all my blessings today, something stood out on my list.
This morning I joined several friends early and ran the Boulevard Bolt, a 5-mile race through Belle Meade Boulevard, my familiar running route. I rushed home and cooked a 22 lb turkey, 12 lbs of mash potato and lots of other goodies to celebrate with family and friends from far and near.
As I prayed before the bounteous, tryptophan-laden and coma-inducing meal began, I was reminded of my blessings. But with all the abundance around me, I’m most thankful for the people God has put in my life. While I’m so appreciative of all the material possessions and comforts I have, my family and friends are what make me smile and look forward to getting up another day.
I even have friends I have not yet met face-to-face whom I feel a bond to. I know that sounds weird to some, but I consider some people I’ve met online as true friends. I really do.
There’s a lot of things I cannot do, but in my limitation, I can be a friend and a thankful one. So, to my friends reading this post, I’m thankful for you, wherever you are.
How was your thanksgiving? What did you do ?