Blessings in disguise

by Paula Harrington

I love Thanksgiving. I love being with family and musing over old memories.

  • I love how my uncles, W. Tom and Tim Hall, pick at each other and everyone else and the loud, fake laugh they do together that not only cracks them up, but entertains us all.
  • I love being with my aunts, Teresa, Tina, and Lori. I always enjoy seeing how cousins and their children have grown since the last time we’ve been together.
  • I love how excited my husband becomes working as Tina’s sous-chef for the day. I love hearing old stories shared by my grandfather, Wayne T. Hall.
  • I love discussing the many blessings that God has showered on me and my family as we reminisce over this life God has given us.

I’m overwhelmed at all I have to be thankful for. However, it’s those other blessings that don’t immediately come to mind that I’m grateful for the most.

  • I’m thankful for the times of sorrow that taught me that I needed God the most.
  • I’m thankful for the disappointments that taught me where to place my trust.
  • I’m thankful for difficult relationships that taught me the meaning of grace.
  • I’m thankful for the empty chairs at the meal table and the legacies of those who have gone on to their reward.
  • I’m thankful for stressful days and sleepless nights that remind me too long for a better place.
  • I’m thankful for this journey but especially for the potholes, for they have made me a better person.

When you count your many blessings, don’t neglect the ones that were disguised as trials. Turn those stumbling blocks into stepping stones and hold on to the Lord who has promised to never let you go.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV).

2 Replies to “Blessings in disguise”

  1. Still learning the lesson, but easier at this time of life to see life as a vapor, that all all earthly things are completely irrelvalent to our real purpose. I can just picture that Thanksgiving table as you described the joy of a Christian family!

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