“It’s good to give thanks to the Lord!” I love that song. But, Thanksgiving is different for my family. My parents have both died. So how do you celebrate when you’re also feeling somewhat empty?
My sisters and I are making memory boxes of our parents. We saved personal items from their desk, fabric from clothing, ties from my dad, handwritten recipes, photos and other small knick-knacks. We’ll place these in some decorated boxes.
I know there will be much talk, tears and laughter. Their memories will still influence our lives and the lives of our children/grandchildren. By making these memory boxes we will celebrate them as they now live on in our memories.
It is good to give thanks to my Lord! I thank God for the faith of my parents that lives on in me.
Today we remember Clement, Bishop of Rome, (died around 100) and Miguel Agustín Pro, martyr, (died 1927). This message was adapted from a Women of the ELCA blog, “Giving Thanks” by Diane Frederick.
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