Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tofu Turkey and the Gift

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful for the amazing community that has and continues to surround us. We DO have so much to be thankful for on this day. We are laying low this morning and just getting going. Debbie made an amazing turkey last night and this morning we plan to do our favorite meal: "Big Breakfast". The puzzle is out, the parade is on and football games are coming. Later we are going to go down and see may parent's oddity: "Tofu Turkey".

What a blessing it is to be at home and not in the hospital. Immediately as I am thankful, I think of Jessica's family, Andrew's family, and so many more that are still in the hospital. There are so many others that have such heartache right now as we deal with "trials of various kinds." My prayer is less about taking away the trial these days - though of course that is still there. My prayer is that right where we are in the midst of our day we would recognize the Gift. The very presence of God in grace, hope, faith, truth can and does penetrate the moment and infuse our spirit.

It is so easy to wallow in the moment of "what is not" or "what should have been" or "what might be." We go there a lot with Jake's Journey. I am not saying we should just have positive thinking but that we should recognize that in this moment there is a power beyond us that is with us - not just in tragedy but also in the everyday moments. "Immanuel, God is with us" the gift is about being united with God through Jesus Christ in this very moment.

Paul says in Romans 6 "If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin."

So often I focus on being united with Christ in his death and the freedom that comes from forgiveness but I do not focus as fully on being united with him in resurrection. The resurrection does not just come in the future when I physically die - in spiritual death comes spiritual resurrection. The resurrection power is now in this moment because God is alive and active in this moment. So then no matter where I am right now the power of God is with me. Freedom comes in the death AND resurrection of Jesus - Immanuel, God is with us.

We have a lot to be thankful for. Time to start in on the "Big Breakfast".

Love and peace,

Tom (Daddy)


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hugs to all! Mark Smith

Christi said...

I am so thankful for your family and for all that you have shared through this blog. Thanks for helping me recognize the Gift in my own journey. Happy Thanksgiving!