THANKFUL ON TYBEE
A quick glance at all the people who came together on Tybee to help in the time after the flood, will give anyone a reason to be thankful - from those who donated meals and their precious time to those who donated furniture - how can we not be thankful? Times of crisis are so powerful and so precious because they show us the humanity in all of us—the well of warmth and kindness that is just looking for a place to be put to use.
Besides, who even wants a perfect Thanksgiving? Who even remembers the ones with the succulent turkey and fluffy mashed potatoes and relatives who behaved themselves? I’ll take the one where I drank too much wine and filled up on deviled eggs before the turkey was done and fell asleep at 6:00 with my pants undone and the burned sweet potato casserole still sitting on the countertop, uneaten.
“But I don’t even have countertops!” you might yell.
Perfect! Do something wild and different this Thanksgiving. Go out to eat Mexican food, pilgrims and Indians be damned. And yes, even for this, even for this Thanksgiving meal of beans and rice, be thankful.
The table is the perfect place to put all your cares and worries and leave with something bigger and better. Come to the table to sit and be thankful for the peace and plenty in your life. Come to the table to serve someone else and be thankful for the opportunity to show your love. Come to the table to pray. Come to the table to laugh. Come to the table this Thanksgiving and just be.
If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you don’t have. Be thankful for all the terrible fates that did not fall on you. Whatever has happened to you, it could always be worse. “I once cried because I had no shoes,” Helen Keller said, “until I met a man who had no feet.”
And we are here right now, and we are here together, and we are stronger now than we ever have been. And for that, I’m thankful.