I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I had dinner at my Aunt's house, which was wonderful. For all of the years that I lived away from New York, I never came home for Thanksgiving (since Christmas was just a few weeks away). This is my second year back in New York and I was grateful to spend it with my family again. What made it even more great was that my brother and sister-in-law were home as well. My parents, Matt, Anne, Aunt Mimi, Uncle Mark, Jonathan, David, Sarah, Becca & me! I wish we would've taken more pictures. I guess we were too busy eating, talking, (pretending to be) watching football and napping! After getting home from my Aunt's, in the evening, I stopped by for dessert with some good friends. I enjoyed our time of fellowship and was glad to be able to spend that time with them...
So, today I was not feeling well at all. After a bunch of advil and a major nap, I knew I needed to do something to snap out of the funk I'd gotten into, so I stopped to reflect on the day yesterday and get back into a spirit of thanksgiving. (Thank God for new mercies!)
Two moments from yesterday really stuck out to me. The first took place while at my Aunt's house when I sat down and looked through a bunch of her old photo albums. It was amazing to sit and go through tons and tons of pictures. So many memories, so many pics I'd forgotten about and some I'd never even seen. Being able to do that yesterday made me reflect on a lot of memories. And it made me even more grateful for my family. I have been especially blessed to come from a truly incredible family. We've shared many wonderful moments over the years and checking out the family pictures yesterday was a reminder of some of those times.
The other memorable moment took place while looking at pics. This time with my friends in the evening. We ended up looking at a few pics I had online from 10+ years ago. I used to take tons of pictures (in the pre-digital camera era) and it's cool to look through them from time to time. We reminisced about some of the memories we shared as young adults. Great memories serving the Lord together. The packed BBQs, fellowships and tree trimmings held in our homes that our parents so graciously put up with. The times of laughter, tears, prayer and growth. Simpler times. Special times. And it was good to reflect on them. I thank God for the friendships that He provided during that season of my life. Another reminder. through pictures, of how blessed I am.
People have blogged, tweeted and talked about many of the people and things they're thankful for in their life. But what about your actual Thanksgiving Day? As you think about your day yesterday, what sticks out to you specifically (little or big) that you can honestly say really blessed you? Was it time with a person? A moment? A conversation? For me it was special memories triggered by pictures. Please take a moment to share below. It would bless me to read how you were blessed!
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."