Thanksgiving. The time to give thanks for all you have. To gather with family and enjoy their company, whether we like them or not. We gather to see what has changed. Who is with who and who has split up with who.
We give thanks for family and friends. We give thanks for events that happen in our lives. Our children, our job, our health. But in some families, thanks are never given to the One that made it all possible.
Being thankful for something is so important for so many reasons. To show that you are so appreciative of the items your given. To acknowledge the giver and show them respect. Being thankful is not a reason to boast about how much money or how much you have succeeded and how much you have. It’s about the little things. It’s about family.
I keep saying family.
Family is important. Family defines us. Makes us what we are. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. Family makes us realize that no matter what, we are accepted as we are at least somewhere. Maybe it is blood and sometimes it is not. Sometimes that family is a bunch of strangers that have come together for no other reason than a need to belong. They get to know each other. Their quirks and their habits. They depend on each other, just like a real family made of up of parents and siblings.
Sometimes a family is made up of people in a virtual world that may never actually meet ever and yet they see themselves as family. Husband and wife. Brothers and sister, aunts and uncles, sons and daughters. Even family friends. Loved by each other and cared for by each other. Sharing each others pain and good times. Celebrating when things go good. When someone wins a bike race, or an award for good work. Rejoicing in the love that is there for each other, virtual or real.
Venting at each other and yelling. Calling each other out and convicting them, cause they know you or they did wrong. Walking away knowing for better or worse, they love you no matter what. They bust you for something that you did then turn around and trust you. It is love they are showing.
I have that kind of family in Second Life. We may never ever meet but they have become such an important part of my life. I would not be the same without them. When we are together, which doesn’t happen as much as I would like, I am thankful for each and everyone of them. They are part me, not only in SL but also in my real life. We share our pains. We know when things are going on and who is hurting. We send out prayers for each other and when we say “i love you” we know that it is a real love.
Family is wonderful thing. Be thankful for the family that you have. Real or virtual or both. Love them with a never ending love. Love them with all their warts and scars. Their ugly faults and their wonderful pluses. You only get one family.
What am I thankful for? I am thankful that I have a wonderful wife who loves me no matter what and gave me my life back. I am thankful for my siblings, even when they are a pain in my butt. I am thankful that I have a place to live and food in my stomach. For there was a time when a van was my home for a while or a tent or a nursing home floor was my bed. Most of all, I am thankful that I have a God that loved me enough to die for me.
Jesus didn’t have to die for me. He could have just walked away from it all and said “nope, you are all on your own!” but he didn’t. He laid down His life for me and you and all of mankind. He did so cause he wanted to. He did so to fulfill the Father’s plan. He spread his arms and died so that I might have eternal life. I am thankful for that.
Folks, be thankful for something this Thanksgiving. Even if it is only a little thing. Love your friends and your family. Love them with an unconditional love that knows no bounds. If you need friends, then go make some. If you are not sure how, then a simple handshake is a good start.
I will start. If you are in Second Life and need a friend, IM me and send me a friend request. Ask anyone (but her and her and her and her and him and her and her and him) I am a real nice guy.
Lastly, be thankful for the life you have. It may not be much or it might be a lot. Be thankful nonetheless. Give thanks to God for all you have, no matter the God that you serve. If you can, share some of what you have and give someone else a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving!
“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”