Expectations of Thanksgiving include things like turkey and dressing, family get-togethers, joy, football, and a thankful heart to God for all of my blessings. We fully expect the day to go well.
That didn’t happen to some extent for our Thanksgiving day. It began with my mom calling this morning with news that she had injured her leg somehow while trying to get some cookware down out of a cabinet to prepare lunch for us. Instead of her cooking, Ellen cooked our dinner. She did an awesome job.
After the meal we decided that mom needed x-rays. We spent a couple of hours at the ER. She did not have any breaks and no torn ligaments as far as they could tell. She will see her orthopedic doctor on Monday.
She came home with us. We had called the kids earlier to check in and thought it sounded like something was up. It was. They had begun putting up our Christmas lights. They had done a beautiful job.
I thought the day would end happily ever after. Satan was not through, however, because there was a confrontation between siblings. It was not pretty. I ended up saying things I should not have. I just prayed about it with Danielle only to hear from her mouth these blessed words. She said, “God has already forgiven you and so do I dad.” What a moment! There are still issues that I hope will be resolved tomorrow, but that really helped me.
Do you ever doubt your doing a good job as a parent? Do you wonder if all that you’ve done that was right will override all that you’ve done wrong? In the end, I guess it is still a walk of faith that God will intervene and overrule and see them through all of the mistakes we’ve made and that they will make. It can really be difficult.
All in all, it’s been a good turkey day. Though there are things I would like to change, I am truly thankful for my wonderful wife and four beautiful children. I am thankful for God’s grace and mercy and forgiveness.