Happy Thanksgiving! Do you have a lot to be thankful for? Have you found a silver lining in the clouds of your life? What are you most grateful for?
One of the most significant things I am grateful for is my grandmother’s health. Recently, my 94 year old grandmother faced a major health challenge and underwent surgery.
I was by her side with my two aunts at pre-op as the nurse was reviewing her medical history. We were all struck by how few ailments my grandmother had, other than two past challenges from which she recovered fully. Praise God!
The hospital chaplains came to pray for her before she went in. They asked her how she was feeling. She replied, “I feel good. I am right with everybody. I love everybody. I am in God’s hands.” Her faith encouraged us all. We prayed. We claimed God’s promises. I felt good, too.
It wasn’t until they wheeled her on her gurney down the hall and out of sight that I sensed a pit in my stomach. A chill ran down my spine. I repeated Jesus’ words in my mind, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36)
Afterward, her surgeon found us in the waiting room to let us know she was in recovery and doing well. That in itself was a miracle to me. When she was awake, we affirmed her courage and faith and thanked God for His care.
Her recovery is proceeding in God’s timing. She is in very good spirits. We celebrated an early Thanksgiving at my brother’s house, and she feasted and enjoyed herself greatly.
Since her surgery, I have been enjoying her greatly, even more than before. I and many others have been praying for her complete return to health. We also recognize that every day is a gift.
Are there people in your life that you are thankful for? Do not let another moment pass without letting them know how much they mean to you. Are there circumstances in your life that are bringing you down? Start counting your blessings and be grateful, even for the hard times because they are refining your character.
This Thanksgiving, choose to be thankful. Choose actions that communicate your love for your loved ones. Be present to the magnitude of the good in your life and make the most out of every moment. Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you and your family!