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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. The prompt this week is … Grateful.

It’s dark and early, and the word settles in around my soul peacefully, for I am grateful this morning. Yesterday was Thanksgiving 2020, and for us – it did look different from other years.

We cooked three turkeys and bagged up the extras as we did the big trade and received our mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. We waited for everyone to get settled back in their homes with tables set and laptops sitting in the seat of honor.

And our dinner began.

I am grateful to have heard my dad say grace yet another year.

I am grateful we were all present and healthy.

I am grateful for some who had tests and procedures with no complications.

I am grateful that while some careers were on hold, others thrived to make up the difference.

I am grateful that while there may have been differences in opinions, no division occurred in our families, in fact, we bound together more tightly.

I am grateful for granddaughters who facetime and make us laugh (and cry as we miss them); who have taken us on adventures, read us books, and grown bigger right in front of our eyes.

I am grateful for the Gospel which cannot be shut down, locked out, or limited in occupancy for God’s Word has been read, received, given strength, and thrived in our hearts and minds.

This Thanksgiving we each set our own tables, we shared food, and our hearts were enlarged as we celebrated the goodness of the Lord to each of us. And for this, I am grateful and give thanks!

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:15-17, NLT)


Today I am joining … Five Minute Friday and Faith On Fire and Grace & Truth .