The body is our cell, and the soul is a hermit who stays within the cell for praying to the Lord and meditating on Him.
St. Francis of Assisi
I sit here the day before Thanksgiving and can not help but remember last Thanksgiving. Last year was Michael's last earthly Thanksgiving. We all knew it and so did he. It was truly the best Thanksgiving that I think I have ever celebrated.
We were with family. We had all kinds of contingency plans if Michael couldn't stay for the whole celebration. But he surprised us all by sitting in the recliner with that sweet smile on his face drinking in everything!
This Thanksgiving marks the last of my firsts. No more this is the first (fill in the blank) without Michael. Now I am headed for the first anniversary of his death. The year has moved faster and slower than I thought it would. It has been a roller coaster. I find myself looking forward more than looking back. I am making plans. Plans to move on and to live my life.
I often talk to Michael and wonder what he is thinking when he sees me struggle with a volt meter setting or using the power screwdriver. I know that I have given him some good laughs. But as much as I miss him I KNOW that he is with God. He is so unconcerned with the earthly mundane things that fill our days. But I believe that Michael still cares and loves each of us. My God would not separate us from those that we loved on earth.
So this Thanksgiving I am grateful for many things. In fact my heart is overflowing with gratitude.
I give you thanks for each new day,
for the love and support of family and friends.
I give you thanks for the memories.
I give you thanks for the new plans.
I give you thanks for my faith.
Lord, help me to be the person that you want me to be.
Help me to be a reflection of you to everyone I meet.