Monday, November 23, 2009

Time to think about blessings.....and be thankful.

I didn't sleep well last night. Not unexpected considering I'm alone in a hotel. However, as usual when I can't sleep my brain moves constantly from thought to thought until something snags my thoughts.

It's Thanksgiving week here in America. A time when families reunite, eat too much and watch 4 days of constant football. During this time we're all reminded of the things in life that we're thankful for. Perhaps things and/or people that we take for granted during the rest of the year. A time when we're supposed to slow down the crazy pace of our lives, take a deep breath and really appreciate all the blessing that we have.

Once again this year MS has not been kind. However, BECAUSE of MS I now have some pretty special people in my life. People that I know with absolute certaintyI would not know if I did not have MS. Some are bloggers like Herrad, Webster, BlindBeard, Julie, Jen, Bill, Lisa and so many others. Some have become friends though our MS support group like Carol, Dale and Sandy. In this regard MS has been a blessing because of the people it brought into my life.

My husband is my biggest blessing. I can't imagine my life without him. He is the half that makes me whole. His encouragement is the reason I never give up. His love inspires me to be the person HE see's.

My family. What can you say about the blessings family brings. Even when they make you crazy (and they do), you always know you are loved. At least I do. MS has definately brought my sister and I closer. There is a big age difference between my sister and I and due to life's circumstances and miles through the years we really never got to know one another. MS changed that. Now, I consider my sister one of my closest friends. For that I am truly thankful. For my husbands familly, who have accepted and welcomed me with open arms. Whose support has been strong and unwavering, I am thankful.

My church. My church family is absolutely wonderful. I have become very close to several members, again through my MS. When MS got tough, they got tougher. The prayer warriors prayed me though MS. Father Clare uplifted me and helped keep my faith focused when it wanted to waiver. I have said this before and I'll say it again. I can't imagine how folks struggle through things without a strong faith and Christian support. It's only through the Lord that I am strong. For that I am truly blessed.

So this Thanksgiving, when you are with your family and friends, take a moment to look at the faces of the people that love you, support you and make you crazy. Think of those who can't be with you this year. Say a silent prayer of Thanksgiving. Take that moment to thank God for all the wonderful Blessings he has brought into your life.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Muffie said...

Thank you for a beautiful reminder!
We need to remember that we DO have much for which we should be thankful, despite this rotten disease.

Lisa Emrich said...

I am also thankful for the people which MS blogging has brought into my life. Wonderful group of individuals we are. ;)