My Dear Reader-Friend,
The frost has been on the pumpkin for quite a while here in Colorado, where just a few hours ago a blustery wind swept driving sleet and snow through our area. Thankfully, the short-lived storm blew itself out somewhere on the eastern plains, heading toward Kansas. (Our KS and MO relatives and friends often accuse us of sending the nasty weather their way!)
The season of Thanksgiving is upon us. And while putting the finishing touches on my April 5, 2011 novel, The Judgment, as well as a gift book titled, Amish Prayers, I've been considering the many intangible blessings we enjoy as children of God. One I keep pondering is relationships: God's to His children, ours to God ... and those we forge between each other with family and friends.
When all is said and done, life is really about connections. It's the reason why social networking continues to flourish daily, even explode, with more and more so-called strangers becoming "friends." Yes, connections matter.
In fact, at this moment, my Amish friends in Lancaster County and elsewhere are in the midst of wedding season, and what a busy time it is! If you've read my books, you may have a clear picture of all that goes into getting a young couple "hitched." But, with any wedding, it is the guests who are the joyful backdrop for the benefit and encouragement of the newlyweds. Although typically given, it's not the physical and monetary gifts offered to the couple, but the very presence of those who come to witness the exchange of vows that means the most. These are the people who care ... the ones who love most.
So, I've been thinking ... This Thanksgiving, before bowing your head in prayer—and before picking up your fork to eat the traditional turkey dinner—why not challenge yourself to become more connected with someone this year. Perhaps, more forgiving? A more consistently patient friend? Let's try reaching out to the most difficult relative, the prickly-pear sister-in-law. You get the idea. Let's extend ourselves and show sympathy or kindness, where mercy may be sorely needed.
If you join me in this approach to living, which embraces forgiveness just as the Amish are taught to do, please drop me a note at my web site: www.beverlylewis.com or on my Facebook page and tell me about it.
I'll look forward to hearing from you!