Is Thanksgiving really about the meal or the soft touches of love that follow that festive time of fun and fellowship.  Sure there is always someone who gets her feelings hurt.  And there is usually one person who isn’t satisfied with the menu.  But our minds and hearts must cling to and embrace the mellow times of love and tenderness.

A good friend told me that her son in law came up to her after everyone had eaten.  She had rushed to the utility room, trying to find another clean, dry dish towel when she felt a touch on her back and a gentle male voice said, “Mom.” 

She turned half expecting a complaint.  But he stood tall but wavering, “I want you to know that I’m most thankful for you.  You make all of this happen for all of us.”  They embraced and returned to the bustle of the group.

I had a similar experience this thanksgiving.  There were ten of us gathered at the table.  Six of them were members of Special Gathering.  They ate heartily.  Betty was insulted that I offered her baked tomatoes because she was sure that she would hate them.  Morris ate all of his meal.  Then when he was offered seconds, he said, “I guess all if really want is for you to give me some potato salad.  You can’t have Thanksgiving without potato salad.”  We all laughed because there were 15 different dishes but no potato salad.

However, when they left the hugs and thank you’s were unanimous.  “You are the best,” Kathy said.  When we talked about what we were thankful for all the Special Gathering members said with one voice, “You, Linda.  We are thankful for you.”

Some folks wonder why those of us at Special Gathering do what we do.  But it only takes one Thanksgiving to confirm that the blessings of God flow abundantly through our members into the hearts of those who minister to them.  They are the best.