Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a Canadian holiday which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. The Governor General of Canada issued a proclamation in 1957 stating that this would be: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.”
We spent our day together yesterday with family and friends, gathered around a table for a traditional thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy – and of course don’t forget the pumpkin pie!
It takes no effort in our world today to find things to complain and gripe about. But instead, I choose today to think about the things that I’m thankful for. Here are a few things I’m thankful for in my life:
Family: The above photo is from an impromptu photo shoot last fall when we had the whole family together. Now, our oldest son Caleb is staying in the dorms at Pacific Life Bible College, and our oldest daughter Tori is off in University in Brandon.
One of our family’s traditions – whenever we do big family meals – is to always invite lots of people to join us. This Thanksgiving was probably one of the smallest ones we have had in a long time. But once we have our own place, that will all change! (Thanks to Auntie Jen for opening up her basement suite for our squad this year!).
Since we couldn’t see Tori this Thanksgiving, we had to be content to just FaceTime with her. But I thank God for modern technology that we are able at least to see her face and hear her voice, which will have to do until she comes out to BC for Christmas.
And those are just a few of the things that I’m thankful for this year. How about you?
Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.