"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10: 41-42 King James Version (KJV)
Just recently, I attempted to watch my son's Pre K Thanksgiving program, without holding up my phone's camera screen between us, because I thought it would be nice to focus on him in the moment (ok, to be completely forthcoming, I only decided this minutes before he sang because the storage in my camera was full). However, the special moment lasted only seconds as his teacher looked at me and said aloud, "Come on, mom, aren't you going to record this?" during his first song. I couldn't exactly yell across the room and explain what I was trying to do, so I watched my son but was still distracted by how I must have looked like a terrible parent. I don't hold this against her or myself, but it made me aware of how hard it is to just sit still and really focus on God and the people in our lives without distractions and stress.
Some Thanksgiving gatherings are stressful for many reasons: the preparations, family discord, food allergies, unrealistic expectations, a recent death in the family, and the list continues. One thing that has really hit home with me, after my cancer surgery, is that this life is short and the people we share Thanksgiving with will not always be around and neither will we. Our time here is limited.
Our time here is limited.
Looking at these pictures remind me of the song, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables. I have lots of photos of family gathered around the table from years ago, but many of those loved ones are no longer coming to the table with us. Their laughter, voices and hugs are greatly missed. But there is One who holds eternity in His hands and has a place for those who put their trust in Him. Those who spend time with Him, and have a relationship with Him.
Intentionally and intimately draw near to Him today and everyday.
Stay humble & BOLD!
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
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