"Give thanks, for the Lord is good!"
Last year, we decided to start the tradition of the Five Kernels of Corn. The tradition is based on the story that during one of the winters after the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims faced severe starvation. They rationed out their corn so that they each received five kernels of corn. For each Thanksgiving thereafter, they placed five kernels of corn next to their plates to remind them to be thankful for all that they had received.
I have so much to be thankful for this year, yet when I see the five kernels of corn next to my Thanksgiving plate I will share these things with my family:
- I am thankful for my faith in God that got me through this year of losses and blessings, difficulties and accomplishments.
- I am thankful for my husband who has consistently been an encouragement to me in the past (very moody) months.
- I am thankful for my MOPS group--my group of mom friends--who have been a tremendous support to me this year. Through them I am learning to form relationships again and remember what it feels like to have friends.
- I am thankful for the two-and-a-half years I've had with my sweet daughter. Soon she and I will have to learn how to share our time with others, but my heart is overwhelmed with how much love I have for her and how thankful I am for the time we two have had together.
- I am thankful for Sydney's relationship with her grandparents. This year I have watched Sydney learn to fall in love with her grandparents, finding such joy in spending time with them. It blesses my heart to no end.
Every year will bring new things to be thankful for, but this year, at this moment, these are the things that fill my heart with gratitude. And if you found a kernel of corn next to your plate, what might you say?
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!