Friday, December 7, 2012


As my daughter, Stacie, was digging out the Christmas decorations the other day she found a stack of cards.  Who knows why I stuck them in the box with the Christmas stuff but as she scanned through them she found a Thanksgiving card Mom had sent me.

I am not sure when she sent it but it must have been about 4 or 5 years ago.  I think that because she mentioned my son-in-law, Troy.  She most likely sent it shortly after Sarah and Troy were married.  It was just like Mom to be sure that everyone felt included.

The front of the card has a sunflower - my favorite flower - and says "For You, Daughter, and Your Family".  On the inside she wrote "Donna - " just above the printed portion.  She always did that - personalized whatever was written on the card by adding my name just above.  Mom's mother, Gram, always did that, too and so does my Aunt Sis.  Such a nice personal touch.

The printed portion said "May your home be warm with love and happiness on this Thanksgiving Day"

Of course, she always wrote a note herself as well.  Her note on this card is what really got to me.  In her perfect handwriting she wrote:

You will be in our thoughts - we'll miss seeing you, but pray your Day will be filled with joy as you reflect on your many blessings.  We love you and all your "offspring" and thank God for each one - including Troy. 

Mom & Dad

As I read and re-read her note, I thought that her prayers must be just as effective today as they were before her death.  My Thanksgiving Day was filled with joy this year even though I miss Mom and Dad terribly.  I know they would both want it that way.  How thankful I am for the prayers of my faithful parents!

Psalm 22:27-31 (The Message)

From the four corners of the earth
    people are coming to their senses,
    are running back to God.
Long-lost families
    are falling on their faces before him.
God has taken charge;
    from now on he has the last word.

All the power-mongers are before him
All the poor and powerless, too
Along with those who never got it together
Our children and their children
    will get in on this
As the word is passed along
    from parent to child.
Babies not yet conceived
    will hear the good news—
    that God does what he says.

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