27 November, 2004
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.
~Ray Stannard Baker
We have had a calm, quiet, and much-needed restful Thanksgiving holiday at home, making our own hot rolls and pies. Most of my siblings are grandparents, now, and are celebrating Thanksgiving Day with their own kids and grandkids. We visited family the Sunday before and the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. I just love hugging on those little great-nieces and nephews! On Sunday, one of my nieces is returning from Estonia, where she has spent two years now working as a missionary :-).
For hearts that are kindly, with virtue and peace, and not seeking blindly a hoard to increase; for those who are grieving o'er life's sordid plan; for souls still believing in heaven and man; for homes that are lowly with love at the board; for things that are holy, I thank thee, O Lord!