Today is a day for giving thanks. It’s also a day where our family is spread quite thin. We eat today in 5 different houses, in 2 different states and 3 different countries. We wanted you all to know that we love you, that although we are separated by geography, we nonetheless give thanks for what could in no other way be described as the most amazing family God could have given us on planet earth.
Today we will eat a $55 turkey with three other Americans, a good handful of Guatemalans and a Dutch girl. But we will be thinking of you. We know that God is good and He has demonstrated Himself to us in such a way that we could never deny who He is. And yet we would be flippant if we said that our joy and thanks were not today mixed with a pinch or even maybe a dash of sadness. You are and always will be our family and today, more than most days, we miss you.
We give thanks to the Lord for each one of you and how marvelous God is in you. Oh, that you could all see yourselves as He does and, by His grace, as we do too. We embrace the tension of thanking God and longing for another time where distance and time will no longer matter. Where the table never gets too crowded and the rolls never burn and the pecan pie is even better (if that’s even really possible). There is a table set for us in heaven where the Lamb gives thanks to the Father and the Spirit shines glory back to the Son and we share in all of it together.
But today, we miss you and missing you just makes us love you all the more.
A psalm, for giving thanks
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.