I am sitting here at my brother's place in Nashville... Mom is napping in the corner, Dad is watching football, Aaron studying on the couch. The turkey baking in the oven with smells of dinner starting to fill the air. Our day has already been filled with holiday traditions, such as watching the Macy's parade, leafing through the sale adds, and making sweet potato casserole.
Ami and Darren are celebrating a time zone away in Phoenix. Wish they could be with us today; I am happy that we will all be spending a week together over Christmas!
As I think about this being my last Thanksgiving in the States for who knows how long, it is quite a mosaic of emotions. Funny? Sad? Strange? Excited? Certainly being far away from friends and family will be the most difficult during holidays and other special times. But I am also looking forward to becoming part of a new family and adopting new traditions, PNG style!
So here is what I am thankful for today: my family and the time we have gotten to spend together over the past couple of years, the blessing of forever friends and opportunities to catch up with them during deputation travels, my "sabbatical," for my call and it's fulfillment, for the invitation to serve in PNG and for the great team I will work with, for God's provision. And most of all for the Lord Jesus. He, too, left home and all that was familiar to go to a far off place and new culture! All because of God's love for us.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.