It is time to put my mind to the Thanksgiving/Christmas family times. Thanksgiving is November 25 and Christmas is December 25. At least that is on the calendar for 2021. Dr. Fauci may be cancelling but most of us have already considered that he is a flake and are taking a chance on the “Mandate” police overlooking us.
But the questions remains. When do I celebrate those holidays? One reason I don’t know is because most members of my family don’t know. All they know is that they don’t know. And they know one of the reasons I don’t know is that they don’t know, and they don’t know when they will have their families in because those families also don’t know. Shall I repeat or continue?
I’ll put my own family for an example. I have seven grandchildren, four of whom married then suffered the pain of divorce. They have given me twelve great grandchildren, none of whom really knows with whom they will spend Christmas. Obviously my peers are all grandmothers. Many, probably most, of whom have the same sorrow in their own homes. Most all of us were raised in stable homes and have tried to pass that value to our children. Churches, schools, television and other media, work, luxuries, sports, cars? All had a part in making them who they are.
However, children of the past few decades did not have much of what the children of today have to be burdened with! I heard of a girl this week who asked her teacher for permission to leave the room because her period had begun. The teacher remarked about the student being a girl because some weird answer had been put on the gender line on her enrollment! I think the girl responded that she didn’t know how to fill in that line. Are you kidding me? Poor babies!
My son, I think jokingly, said some guy had been told he was a homosexual but he is finding out girls are appealing to him, so he guessed he was a lesbian! My God, prayer not a curse, please have mercy. Your word says warns, Romans 1:13 “they invent ways of doing evil.” We are even in the process of changing language to make families seem unimportant. Please take the power from the doers of evil. Expose evil schemes. Spur your leaders to good and successful endeavors.”
All that and I still don’t know how to plan Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. But I will do something because I remember how my children of all ages enjoy our family devotions, testimonies, singing, and exhortations. The gleam in their eyes, an occasional hand raised to ask a question, a little arm reaching around my neck, a new look at the latest great, great, grandchild. I hope they will be here another year. And I am grateful to have another holiday season with those who come, as I pine for those who miss.