Do you have memories of Thanksgiving dinner where you had to say what you were thankful for? I do, and I still keep that tradition.
Among my Thanksgiving memories, are the times my little guy, my only child, and I made pumpkin pie after we cooked a fresh pumpkin. By the time we would put a pie in the oven, he was covered with flour, spices, and pumpkin. So were the kitchen table and the floor, but we had fun.
I bought Thanksgiving candle figurines of the pilgrims, one Indian, and the ships. I would place them on the dining room table on November 1 each year. My son would arrange and re-arrange them, ask me questions about the first Thanksgiving, and talk to the figurines. I would keep them on the dining room table until Christmas-time. Those figurines stand on my table right now.
My son loved my California stuffing for the turkey. When he thought I wasn’t looking, he would take a spoonful of it from the pan on the stove. After Thanksgiving, he would open the refrigerator and do the same thing. He was the midnight prowler in my kitchen until the last spoonful of that stuffing was gone. I laugh thinking about it.
Six years ago, my only child passed away unexpectedly after surgery.
I still miss my son, especially during the holidays, such as Thanksgiving.
In spite of my loss, I still have much to be thankful for. After my son’s death, my family and friends offered support and encouragement and still do.
I clung to the promise of Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This Thanksgiving season, I thank God for his faithfulness, for the opportunities to speak from coast to coast, to publish two books, to have a third one almost finished, and to earn certification as a World Class Speaking Coach.
One of my greatest Thanksgiving blessings is that God has allowed 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 to become real in my life. That passage says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? How has it affected your Thanksgiving?
No matter what trial you face, I encourage you to let God work for your good and comfort you. He will be faithful. One day you too will be able to comfort others with the comfort you receive from God.
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 23, 2015