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Have A Blessed Thanksgiving!

Coming up out of the subway last night I had an unexpected flashback.  As I went through the turnstiles, I noticed a couple sitting on a bench with a dog at their feet. Hardly anyone ever sits there.  After all, upstairs and across the street there were vacant park benches offering views of a setting sun on a lovely fall night. Yet, there they sat in the depths of Lawrence Station on an uncomfortable, underground bench outside the turnstiles.  

And then it suddenly came back to me.  I remembered sitting on that same bench with Janet and our old dog, Rosie, on a Thursday night at this very time of year.  I smiled and said to the strangers, "You must be waiting for your child to come home from first year university for Thanksgiving."  I was there once. They looked up and smiled.    

As I climbed the final flight of stairs to the street, I thought back to the joy of that reunion long ago and of all of the comings and goings and travels near and far of all our children and of the countless prayers that have gone up along the way.  And then a verse came to me, "The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore."  Now it was my turn to sit on a bench.  I felt so blessed I had to stop and say, "Thank you."  God really does provide and guide and guard and love.  We only come and go because there is a home and our home is in God.  

I don't know if you are coming or going this Thanksgiving weekend, but wherever you are, please take a moment to sit down, count your blessings and say, 'Thank you.'  We are so blessed!  If you are in the city, I hope you will join us for Thanksgiving Worship at 11 a.m.  If you are not in the city, I invite you to worship with us online at http://www.yorkminsterpark.com/gather/webcast/livecast.php

By the way, the couple on the bench really did smile back at me as they told me they were waiting for their grandchild who was coming for Thanksgiving.  "All the more reason to be thankful!" I said.   Have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!

Grace and Peace,

Peter

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Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes, BA, MDiv, DMin is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

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