Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Reflections

Sitting at the laptop enjoying a cup of coffee on Saturday (not just any Saturday - OSU/Michigan Saturday) and reflecting back on two days of feasting and fellowship.  It has been a very nice holiday weekend.

I needed this respite.  Life has been challenging for me of late.  I know that God is granting me strength in the midst of these circumstances and that He is using them to refine me.  Some might look at what I am going through and say, “ I could never do that.”   And others would say, “dude, that’s nothing.”  So I won’t use the blog to say - woe is me.  I am grateful that God is molding me and shaping me.

As I had the privilege to look around two Thanksgiving feasts (Michelle’s family on Thursday and my family and some friends yesterday), I realized that God has blessed me with many who love me and care about me.  He opened my eyes to the exorbitant blessings of feasting food, so much so that we will have leftovers for a long time.  It is a joy to walk into a warm house and know that I have a very comfortable bed to retire to each night.  God has granted me the ability to work and plenty of work to do for the foreseeable future.  I have a wife who loves me and three kids who think their dad is a king.  Blessing upon blessing upon blessing.

And I find my mind wandering 7418 miles east.

Map - Shortest path between Columbus and Addis Ababa
I am wondering what the tummy mom of our soon to be son would think of my life.  I am sure that her trials and challenges look far different than mine. Did she get to eat today?  I pray so.  Did the father of my son have the chance to work today?  Is he able to?  Is he even in the picture?  Do they have a house to live in?  A bed to sleep in?  Are there other children in the family that wonder if this pregnancy means that there will be less food for them?  

I am grateful for the opportunity to take a break from the routine of life and reflect and gain some perspective.  The Rogi are a truly blessed family. May we all be a little more thankful each and every day.

"If the only prayers you said in your life were 'thank you', that would be enough" - St. Athanasius

1 comment:

  1. I read your tweet back this morning and it made me smile. Just wanted to pop by and say "hi". Your family is beautiful and so thankful that you are in the process of adopting! Yippee Jesus!! xo