November 24, 2005

Timely thankfulness

There's snow on the rooftops outside my window. My toes are chilled. Normally I would be shrieking insults at the elements, but I'm strangely at peace this Thanksgiving.

Last night I visited a lady from my church who was diagnosed with cancer this week. It cannot be removed in one of the two spots it was detected.

A small woman in her adjustable bed, she looks fragile upon first inspection. But just the opposite is true. She isn't daunted, afraid or depressed by the news--even when she was served her turkey broth--just one more bowl in her liquid diet for this Thanksgiving, and possibly the next few weeks.

When we rounded her bedside for prayer and closed our eyes, I began to hear the prayer with a renewed hope. I opened my eyes briefly, and drank in the scene: three little women joined together for one moment. With a tightened grasp, I held her small hand, so beautifully wrinkled, and thanked God for each moment we have with those we love. This time, it was with genuine understanding of time's importance.

I've made it no secret that I've lost some people I love this year, and that I miss them very much, but I'm not despairing about it any more. They would not want me to be. I get sad every once and a while, but this year, I'm thanking God for the time I'd spent with each one of them.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

May your belt buckles be loosened, your stomachs satisfied, and your hearts filled by your day with family and friends.

And if you get some time, try ingesting a little bit more--my first freelance story with the Trib!

Posted by Amanda Cochran at November 24, 2005 9:14 AM | TrackBack


Beautifiul. This is a very beautiful moment in life. Sad but to have a positive outlook on life and death is a wonderful way to live. Thanks for sharing this moment with us.

Posted by: grammy at November 24, 2005 12:29 PM

Great article, Amanda. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: ChrisU at November 24, 2005 1:14 PM
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