Happy Thanksgiving!

 table settng ideas first published at  Charlotte Home+Garden

table settng ideas first published at Charlotte Home+Garden

Yesterday my husband and I went to two first-grade Thanksgiving plays...happening at the same time...in two different classrooms. We ran back and forth to make sure our two children saw us during the performance. And at the same time I saw a student cry because her Mom wasn't able to make it. It broke my heart and words felt lacking as I tried to comfort her.

The holidays will always have a mix of joy with bitter. At times it is because of our own expectations. Other times its homesickness or missing family members who have passed or live far away. Or a physical ailment that creates limitations. And we have an opportunity to share joy with others in person and on social media.

So as you shop for last minute cranberry sauce take the time to smile at the person in line behind you. They may not respond, but it might just spread cheer to a hurting person on Thanksgiving.

table setting with vintage photograph

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!   1 Chronicles 16:34

In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers.  Wishing you a holiday filled with joy and thankfulness.