Mzungu Memoirs

Words of Action

There is a church reader board not far from our house that says “Thanksgiving is a word of action.”  Actually, the dictionary defines it as a noun.  It is “the act of giving thanks…especially to God.”  The dictionary also includes in it’s definition a reference to Thanksgiving Day, “a national holiday celebrated as a day of feasting and giving thanks for divine favors or goodness, observed on the fourth Thursday of November in the U.S.”

But I think I understand what the reader board is trying to say.  Thanksgiving is so much more than just “a day of feasting,” and I’m kind of glad.  Because where we will be next year at Thanksgiving, it isn’t a day at all.  But that’s okay.  I don’t need a turkey and dressing to have Thanksgiving.  All I need is a heart full of “giving thanks,” the words of action that I believe the reader board is referring to.

And I’ll tell ya, I’ve got a lot to give thanks for.  I give thanks for my wonderful husband who is leading us on this grand adventure we will be embarking on.  I give thanks for my sweet boy who fills my days with hugs and kisses.  I give thanks for my mother who has so graciously opened her home to us.  I give thanks to all our friends and family who have been so supportive of our decision to serve in God’s kingdom with eMi.  And I give all thanks to God, who has blessed us with this opportunity to serve Him.

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