Last night Bernice, Lori and I visited our friend Karen (she’s the one with terminal cancer that was given a month to live last June). We decided we wanted to be able to spend our own Thanksgiving with her so we brought turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, dinner rolls and apple and pumpkin pie to her house. She was surprised and so excited that we were there. We told her we wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving because we were so thankful she was still with us. As we gathered in a circle and held hands to say grace Karen thanked the Lord for the three “angels” that always come to visit her (my mother never called me an angel!). She also thanked God for her illness. She said her illness was a blessing every step of the way because it had led her to so many wonderful friendships and so many happy times. She also declared that if she had a chance to switch bodies or change anything she wouldn’t; she would do it all the same. By the time she was done everyone was a little teary-eyed. Karen’s attitude to life and her death has always amazed me. We could all learn a lot from this incredible woman and learn to cherish every day, every minute, every second that we have on God’s green earth. And not only to cherish it but to thank the Lord for it as well. May God bless her and may he also bless us with her presence for a little while longer.
Thanksgiving Blessings November 20, 2008