This evening as Trevor prayed a longer prayer of thanksgiving before our meal, I thought he could probably pray this thanksgiving prayer for hours without being the least bit redundant. As strange as it felt to not be on 2C or in the PICU with our Blair Batson Children’s Hospital friends, we are overwhelmingly grateful to get to spend Thanksgiving at home for the first time in Karis’ life. I even made her Mimi’s recipe for sweet potato casserole and gave Karis the flavor of it on a q-tip. She worked her tongue around her mouth and looked up at me as if it say, “Yes. That was a good idea Mommy”
During school last week Karis made a Thanksgiving chain of all the things she was grateful for. Kales was her voice and Mrs. Willoughby was her scribe, though Karis was technically holding the marker. Karis’ list of people she is grateful for (via Kales) is as follows- in this order:
Cookie Jennings, Grandad (Steve Almy), Mimi (Sandra Almy), Ms. Erin, Kayla Jennings, Mrs. Willoughby, Pa (David Cook), Dr. Boyte, Thea (Diane Cook), Baby Brother, Kales, Ms. Gretta, Daddy, Momma, Yiayia (Elizabeth Cook), and Mrs. Stark.
After we ate dinner (for which I roasted my first Turkey ever!) we each made gratitude lists and our hearts were as full as our tummies.
I love that this month the 29th falls after Thanksgiving. After spending a day of feasting and expressing our gratitude for God’s abundant provision, we spend a day of fasting, expressing our utter helplessness and need for His merciful, redeeming hand to restore what has been lost- namely, Karis’ myelin- and heal. What a gracious Lord He is to delight in our praise and then stoop low and come near to hear our cries for deliverance.
“I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”
Would you join us today as we pray and fast for Karis’ healing? I find that on days of fasting He reveals a NUMBER of things in my life that need prayer and surrender, which ultimately brings me closer to Him.
Thank you friends. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!