…your mom makes you a gluten-free pumpkin pie and a gluten-free pecan pie for Thanksgiving. This was in addition to a regular pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie for everyone else. Thanks Mom. I love you, too.
Category Archives: His Banner over Me
I have invited some family members from out of town to come and share Thanksgiving with us. One of the side benefits of getting ready for guests is that I am forced to do some deep cleaning and organizing.
By now, surely you have realized that this is something I struggle with, but I am beginning to wonder if God is using my disorganization to keep me humble. How fast pride can creep in my life!! No sooner than I get my “office” a new filing cabinet, my drawers tidy with everything I need within reach, I start thinking how great I am and feeling smug about my fabulous room. Then, after I finally cleaned and sorted the tubs of junk in my laundry and bedroom, I really started going. Vainglory trumped my secret shame.
I knew it was getting out of hand when some friends stopped by unexpectedly yesterday. Usually, I live in terror of the unexpected guest (no, really, do stop by for a visit, just don’t look at the floor very closely), and my heart really starts to pound when they innocently wind their way into my bedroom. But I was thinking of almost pushing my friends into my bedroom. “Oh wow,” I could hear them say, “What a nice bedroom, how clean it is.” What could I be thinking? In that very same bedroom just two days ago, I gathered an entire box of mismatched socks that I had gathered from the four corners of the house. The box kept growing when finally I decided I needed to count the socks.
I stopped at 203. Yep, I am not kidding. That’s an average of over 30 socks per person. And that is not even counting what is in the drawers.
I wonder how many times over the past year I had bought a new package of socks because I heard, “Mom! I don’t have any socks!”
I have been praying for years to be more organized. I think that now I need to be praying for humility first.
Now, my Thanksgiving Menu. I like to keep it traditional and simple:
Roast Turkey, Cornbread Dressing (GF, of course), Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, New Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole (a must for DH), Rolls, and a Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Pecans and Dried Cranberries. This year I am adding a Walnut Loaf for the vegetarians.
Desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Whipped Cream and Gingerbread, Caramel Apples.
(Please ignore the bullets. For some crazy reason the template won’t allow for “poetic” spaces and pararaphs.)
- We walked through the double oak doors
- streaming in like moths
- to a candle at twilight.
- Some tired
- some hopeful
- some scared
- some joyful
- all drawn by the same One.
- There’s Joyce, eyes like owls,
- wondering and waiting
- and Denise, singing and
- shouting for joy, like Miriam at the feast…
- and Mike, finding an unexpected friend
- to make him feel at home.
- Like children gathered around a favorite uncle
- we listened to stories,
- living testimonies,
- and we laughed and we cried
- and we gave thanks
- and our color returned.
- Some with no pulses were carried in,
- but found new life.
- Some had lost courage
- but were fitted with armor
- Some scratched their heads
- but still they stayed…
- He stitched us together
- like mixed fibers in a sampler,
- some rough, some silky, some bright,
- others muted, a few brittle,
- and many strong.
- Together we proclaimed His message.
- His banner raised over us
- as we passed again
- through the old, oak doors and
- followed our crooked paths to home.
- But we’ll remember.
- When twilight returns,
- and night begins to squeeze out the day
- we’ll remember and
- we’ll meet again at the Light.
Take some time today to read about and thank God for that “great cloud of witnesses” and the “friends of God” we are surrounded by; the martyrs, the missionaries, the writers, the children, the moms and dads, the little granny next door who are all fellow lovers and livers of Jesus Christ.
Some of my favorites to read from and about are the martyrs under Diocletion, Polycarp, Mary of Egypt, Augustine, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, Julian of Norwich, Therese, C.S. Lewis, Amy Carmicheal, Mother Theresa, current martyrs around the world (visit http://www.persecution.com), and John Piper. Happy reading!