There’s so much to be thankful for as we wrap up Thanksgiving & go into the beautiful Christmas and Hanukkah season. We thought Thanksgiving would be the most painful one ever since our dear Coleen is now in Heaven. In fact, we thought we’d be alone because the day just crept up on us, but 4 days before the holiday, a wonderful lady in the neighborhood asked me over for coffee to meet her sweet mother–in-law who had just moved in with them, and she wanted us to become acquainted so I could help this dear lady get integrated into the social scene we older folks enjoy in this community. We had a delightful visit, and as I was about to leave, they asked me what we were doing for Thanksgiving. I likely put on the most pitiful face you’ve ever seen (come on….you know you can just picture that pathetic countenance) and said we’d probably go to Cracker Barrel or Denny’s (yuck!!!!!!). Those places are fine but not for Thanksgiving, for Pete’s sake! Darling Gail immediately said, “You’re coming here for Thanksgiving.” I halfheartedly protested (totally phony act) and exclaimed,”Oh no, you’ll be having a full house.” Yada yada yada. But she insisted and voila, I have to tell you it was one of the most perfect days this year. Eating outside at one long table that seated 20, we marveled and rejoiced at the gorgeous view of mountains and cacti and feasted on food fit for a king. I was able to forget for those few hours the pain of loss that had been so heavy on the hearts of both Jerry and me. Now why am I sharing this story, you may ask? I’ve had a lot of time to think about all holidays and how many lonely people are out there; and some of them may be right on the streets where we live. I really felt like the Lord was speaking to my heart saying, “Listen, my child, if this happens again that you’ve received no invitations to share a holiday meal or a meal any other time of the year, ditch the pity party and look around you. Better yet, ask around. Find out who needs an invitation to share in festivities in your home. So today is December 1, and we are starting to put out feelers for names of those to include around our table on December 25. If any of you reading this would like to join us or know of someone who could use an old couple like us to love them, get in touch! If you’re planning a feast at your home, maybe give some thought to inviting someone who may be alone. Meditate on these words from George Herbert (1593-1633) “Thou hast given me so much….give me one thing more, a grateful heart.” God bless you, dear patient readers, who faithfully read my blogs and love me anyway!