She would sit in her old rocking chair, her wrinkled, calloused hands on her knees, her soft silver hair falling on her brow.  The chair would creek as she rocked rhythmically backwards and forwards.  I watched her sitting contentedly in her chair, oblivious to everything around her.  Only her memories to cheer her, or to make her heart sad.   Dear old granny - at least she had her memories!

I am grateful for memory.  I am also thankful that cobwebs have not ensnared my memories.  Some of them are dusty and pushed to the far corners of my mind, but a smell, a song, or a face will foist those memories to the surface and make me smile or cry. 

Oh, I am  happy for my memories.  Yes, some are sad, but even the sad memories make me stop and reflect.  They remind me of God’s grace and His goodness – some of those faded memories are good reminders of my faults and flaws and inspire me to be more diligent and intentional in the way I live my life.  Memories are good. 

So as we enjoy our Thanks giving why not ensure that we make some new memories...happy ones.  As I reflect on past memories I am inspired to do the following

1.    Inspired to give thanks

Isn’t that what this season is all about – saying thank you?  Thank you to the Lord for the privilege of living in a free land - for all the benefits and blessings of living here! Thank you for family and for friends...and the list goes on.

2.    Inspired to share

Surely out of our abundance we will be inspired to share our many blessings with those less fortunate.

3.     Inspired to pray

Take a moment on this day to pray for those who are living in desperate situations.  They need our prayers.

4.     Inspired to make new, lasting and good memories

Make this a special day that can be added to your collection of memories.  One day, you will pull this memory out of your memory box and smile as you remember that you gave, shared and prayed.

I am so grateful that God brought our family to this nation.  I love living in America and I love the people here.  My heart is filled with thankfulness to my amazing God.  My prayer is that your Thanksgiving will be a truly blessed one and that you will make a memory that lasts a lifetime.  I leave you with a beautiful Bible verse found in 1 Thessalonian 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,