Well everyone, Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays simply because it is one that is genuinely focused on spending time with loved ones. There is no pressure to get or give the perfect gift, have the best outfit (Halloween), or really anything else. There is just family, the ones we are born into and the ones we choose, and food.
Its no secret that Thanksgiving 2020 will be a memorable one. Not necessarily because of what we will be doing but because of what a lot of people won’t be doing. There are a lot of holiday traditions that just won’t be happening as we all work together to combat this horrid virus that has graced our planet with its ever continual presence. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have plenty to be thankful for this year.
Even with things have been looking bleak I can attest to the fact that the world is not as bad off as we like to think it is. This year has been one of tremendous growth for a lot of people, especially myself. I have had to learn to navigate things I never even considered as issues. I have learned what hills I am willing to die on and what things I know I need to just let go of and move on. I have learned that even when distance keeps us apart I have some wonderful friends turned family in my life that I know I can rely on at any time. And I have learned that this time of separation is going to make the time we can all be together in person again that much sweeter.
In terms of ministry and church work, Dusty and I have learned how to lead when there is no real trail to follow. We have navigated making tough decisions with grace and understanding. We have learned how to honor history and still work to move toward the future. We have learned how quickly you can fall in love with a group of people and how to dive head first back into a situation that has the potential to cause a lot of pain all over again with full dependence on God’s leading and timing.
All of these things and more are areas we are truly grateful for this year. So this week on the podcast we are discussing what we are thankful for and why those are the things that stand out. I’m sure we could have made this episode last a couple of hours but instead we tried to keep it at about 40ish minutes. I hope you enjoy listening in and I would love if you would share what you are thankful for this year. I bet, even in the midst of the ugly we are facing, you will find there is more to be thankful than you realized.
So grab your favorite holiday drink, cozy up, and have a listen!