This Thanksgiving remember God’s Word: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Why Thanksgiving is Special to Me
Thanksgiving was my mother’s most favorite holiday. She lived by the words “in everything give thanks,” even as she suffered from cancer. She loved that she had all of her children and grandchildren together on Thanksgiving Day and enjoyed that day more than Christmas or any other holiday.
My mother was admitted to the hospital the day before Thanksgiving in 1997 and we knew she would probably not come home. My brother and I made a vow that day, in honor of our mother, that we would always spend Thanksgiving together.
After dinner, we went to the hospital to see her and pay our last respects. She passed away in the early morning hours the day after Thanksgiving. We believe she knew we had Thanksgiving dinner together and it gave her peace.
In Everything Give Thanks…
Fast-forward 22 years and Thanksgiving is still a solemn holiday for me, especially since the passing of my little brother in 2017. We kept our promise to always spend Thanksgiving together for 19 years, until his passing.
Since my brother’s birthday is less than two weeks from Thanksgiving Day, this particular holiday is rather bittersweet for me since both my mother and brother can no longer spend the holiday here on Earth.
However, “in everything give thanks,” is what God’s word says, so I thank God for the time I had with them. My brother and mom were very close since he lived with her for years before she passed. Her passing brought my brother and I closer than best friends for the following 19 years.
I was devastated when my brother passed away since he was 10 years younger than me. But by getting back to church and meeting a whole new family in Christ, I was able to better understand what God’s word meant. I’m thankful that the Lord didn’t allow my mother to suffer any longer than she did.
And although my brother died suddenly in a motorcycle accident, I still thank the Lord that it was so quick that he never really felt any pain before he left this earth. And I’m thankful for the years I had with him before God took him.
Starting a New Thanksgiving Tradition
My husband and I started our own tradition to carry on my mother’s and now I’m thankful that we have our kids and grandkids together on Thanksgiving Day.
Even though our four kids and grandkids pretty much live all over from far north in Pennsylvania, down through southeastern PA, all the way down to Florida, most of them have still been able to make to mom and dad’s (grandma and pop-pop’s) for Thanksgiving.
It’s more important to me that we get as many of us together on that day than any other holiday.
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Adding Humor to Thanksgiving
My mother and brother both had a keen sense of humor and were always able to make everyone laugh. So along with some serious Thanksgiving t-shirt designs, I made a couple of humorous ones too.
You can get these designs on hoodies, pillows, tote bags, kids’ stuff, coffee mugs and more!