Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Here in Kenya though, it is just another working day. We and the other missionaries and Americans celebrated on Sunday afternoon. We had decorations and the doxology, conversations and casserole, pie and a puzzle. Loved it!
Even before the celebration, it was a memorable day. I was amazed at church as chairs were brought in time and time again. First, they filled from the normal back row to the wall. Next a row was put in place in front of the front row and the aisles were narrowed. People were still standing at the door. I turned around and noticed the associate pastors on top of the office area at the back of the church. I hadn’t even known this balcony area existed. Still people stood. When the children were released for their service, all the adults had a seat. Amazing.
On Monday, Greg gave the devotional at the 8 a.m. chapel time for the students in the school based program. His message was, “Fulfill your calling, but in the power of the Holy Spirit just as Jesus did after his time of testing in the desert” – from Luke 4.
Other shots from this week… The cat is for my daughter-in-law. (Oh, how I love writing that!) We have about four cats that live on campus.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday as you can see from my little face in this picture with my older sister Betsy.
I don’t know if it’s the food. All those special treats that we only eat once a year. I don’t think so though. Maybe it’s the gathering together of family.
As missionaries, we are rarely with our biological families on this special day. We do get together with our missionary families and create memories. I remember Pam Runyan leading a missionary kid choir in Côte d’Ivoire. I remember the reading tent we set up in the living room in Haiti so the younger kids could have a private place to get away. I remember the dinner in Benin where a non-American remarked that Thanksgiving was the one day Americans eat better than the French! I remember the dinner in Kenya that we had at our house a few days before we began packing for the move here.
As I get ready for Thanksgiving, I reflect. On Facebook, I recently found out that my most common words for the last year were “Weekly Update.” I won’t be using those words this year although the updates will continue. I’ve decided to make my most frequent word “Thankful” for next year. I’d love to have that as my theme. What will your word be?
Quote from Amy’s reading: Coffee Chop Conversations/ Psychology and the Bible: Live, Love and Lead Well by Jed Jurchenko – 2014, Kindle edition
“Over and over again, the Bible calls its followers to an intelligent faith, a faith that is based on facts and historical events. To be a follower of Christ means to embrace truth.” – page 41
Greg’s blog… (cookbook??)
“Jamaican Banana Bread”, read it here.