Thanksgiving is here.
That means it's time to forget or put aside hardships, trials, and perhaps disappointments.
It's time to give thanks for all the good things in our lives.
There are so many that get pushed aside with negative thoughts or happenings.
If you have children who respect you and allow you to be part of their lives, that's one thing to be thankful for. And if you have parents who love and care for you, that's a blessing, too.
As we crawl into bed each night, we can thank the Good Lord for a nice cozy bed. And a house with heat to warm us on cold wintry days.
And though we gripe about the high cost of groceries, we can be thankful that our cupboards are stocked with plenty of food. And that we will have plenty of turkey and dressing to grace our tables this Thanksgiving.
Deer hunters can be grateful if their freezers are now stocked with deer meat for the cold months ahead.
And I might mention here that two of my best female friends "bagged" deer this month. But they didn't do it with a bow and arrow or a hunting rifle. No, they did it with their automobiles. One of my friends bagged hers here in the Piggott city limits. Thankfully, she did no damage to her Crossover. Evidentally the deer was an escape artist because it was nowhere to be found. It left behind some tufts of hair, but that's all.
But the other friend bagged her deer on County Road 141 as she was traveling toward Piggott. Unfortunately her red Dodge pickup was damaged and had to be repaired. Neither of my friends was hurt in their "hunting" expeditions. We give thanks for that this Thanksgiving season.
There was a time, perhaps, that we didn't have many clothes to keep us warm, but now we find we have so many clothes there's no place to hang them. They overrun our closets and storage areas. Ditto the shoes, hats and purses.
If you are in good or reasonable health, that may be the most important thing you could give thanks for this year. My aunt, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease, used to say that the one possession we should value most in life is good health. Because, she said, without good health, you cannot enjoy the other blessings.
Those of us who are aging, can certainly understand her reasoning this Thanksgiving.
Thank you, Lord, for the mission houses and food banks that will distribute food to the needy this Thanksgiving and the holidays ahead.
And thank you, Lord, for leftovers.