Can’t LIVE Without Thanksgiving

I am struggling to write this. Struggling not so much because I don’t have an abundance of things to be thankful for. I do. I am struggling to write about thanksgiving hours after the courts in Ferguson Missouri here in the US decided the shooting of an unarmed African American male was not a crime worth indicting the officer who murdered the young man. And even as I read my screen after writing that line I breathe a sigh of relief, maybe one of thanks, of thanks for being honest in the cold rainy gray of the morning about being somewhere between angry, afraid, vulnerable, and just nauseated by the state of affairs in the US. And while I long to find comfort in thankfulness that it could be worse, the country I call home could be one where such shootings are the norm and trials to choose to indict never occur. I’m not comforted…but I am thankful. That’s the thing about thanksgiving, that it creeps up on our fears, anger, nausea, and sense of vulnerability and stretches out it’s hand and waits for us to return  the favor. And as I cautiously and painfully chose to reach my hand towards the outstretched hand of thanksgiving these are just a few things I am thankful for…

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Friends, I have a couple of really god ones. 
And the show Girlfriends. I loved that show!

Photo courtesy of Candace Moore as pinned on Pinterest

Morning Walks, just my thoughts and prayers
Photo courtesy of Dust Jacket

Family, those who have come and gone
My great grandmother and I at Thanksgiving dinner years ago, maybe say 28 years ago

My creativity, whether it’s my style, writing, cooking, etc. 
It’s life giving and sustaining

Photo courtesy of Kelly Rae Roberts

Home, so grateful for a place to call home, a place to house rich conversations and serve those whom I love and like
Photo courtesy of Decor Arts
For the woman I’m becoming

And for you. I am thankful for you and for your reading and your encouraging transparent words emailed or shared on facebook, twitter, etc. #Thanksgivingisawayoflife #Simplythankful

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