Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

At Grace

Sometimes…
it’s the little things
like putting in the extra leaf
and keeping window watch;
then taking covered dishes at the door;
and hugging through coats
that bring in winter’s air.
Staring fondly at the face
come furthest home;
laughing with the funny uncle
in the kitchen;
holding hands once large and small—
but ever more alike—
around the laden table;
and smiling at the changeless gaze
(framed on the far mantle)
of one not there to pray.
It’s the little things
that make Thanksgiving.
The tastes and smells
and long-awaited feast
at best are just
the garnish of the day.
It’s the enormity
of little things
providentially in place
that lumps our throats
and lifts our thoughts
…at grace.
© 2006, Tom Kapanka

Lord, we thank you for Calvary Christian Schools. We thank you for meeting our needs through the years and for the hope of continued blessing for years to come. We thank you for the folks at Calvary Church whose vision through the years provided a foundation for changing times and paradigms we now face; for the more than 120 homes in our school family; for the 45 new students who joined us this year (with another joining us next week); for the outward focus and service opportunities that have helped us earn the good-will and trust of our community; and for our faculty and staff whose steadfast service puts flesh and feet to God's Word in this place.
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful sharing of thankful hearts this week.

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