The Chaos

The Chaos

Monday, November 22, 2010

No More Long Lines- Thanksgiving Day 4

At 12:00pm on Sunday afternoon, most local restaurants are packed to the brim. With our large family we never get to just walk in and sit down. Tables must be joined and room made to accommodate our herd. It is no easy task to go out to eat.

That may seem like a superficial reason for the foundation of my "thankfulness" as part of yesterday's (sorry I'm a day late blogging) "day of thanksgiving". Because yesterday, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I was thankful that our church begins a half hour earlier than most. Which means that instead of leaving at noon, we are usually leaving around 11:30am.

Which means that we were able to be instantly seated and comfortable before the mad rush and long lines.

Which means we had happy children and smiling faces instead of the opposite.

Oh wait, we still had a few tears, but if memory serves me correctly, it was just one kid melting down, not all 5, which is a good ratio for a sit down lunch gathering. And really, with five children, is everyone really EVER happy at the same time. Definitely not!

But back to my thanksgiving.
Yesterday I was reminded several times of the importance of time.
We were thankful at lunch that our church dismissed before others.
But during the yearly "State of the Union" address with our Pastor yesterday evening, I was thoughtfully thankful for the year that has been 2010. In this short (almost) 12 months, our family has travelled the many ups and downs that a year brings and yet we have survived (so far). I am thankful, therefore, for the time that God has given us no matter the circumstance.

Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, speaks of the many times in our lives. There are times to rejoice and mourn, times to dance, times to define every season of life. And I am thankful for them all. The bad times remind me that things aren't always easy and the good times remind that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

And now as we near the end of the year, I anxiously wait for what the next year holds. The times will certainly be note-worthy (or blog-worthy as it were) and certainly worth our thanksgiving.

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