It’s the question we are used to being asked at this time of year: What are you thankful for? And I imagine we all can cite numerous people/experiences/possessions we are thankful for, especially after coming through two really difficult years globally and perhaps personally.

Photo and graphic by Sherry Peters

My heart is full of gratitude that my two jobs allow me so much flexibility between two continents and countries and coasts and cities and that on Thursday, I’ll be celebrating with my dear father at the home where I grew up in Atlanta. There will, in fact, be 23 of us together, determined to make this Thanksgiving deeply memorable as Daddy grows weaker and yet keeps that sparkle in his eyes and that good-humor in his heart.

Daddy with Bettina, his amazing sales assistant when he worked at Merrill Lynch

We’ll smile and perhaps even chuckle a little as he gives the Thanksgiving prayer which inevitably turns into a thankful monologue as we encircle him in the den before moving into the dining room with the table laden with good food and my mother’s china and silver.

We’ll make sure to place little portions on his plate and pray that he can enjoy a few bites of turkey.

We’ll head out back and take a family photo in front of the barn and walk the trail up to the riding ring where a one-eyed pony will greet us. I’ll smile to think of the story I’ve crafted for you that takes place in my childhood home and in the barn and the riding ring. Yes, By Way of the Moonlight is set on this very property (with many fictional additions to the scenery and plot, of course!) The novel releases next August but I’ll be revealing the cover in my newsletter (you can sign up for it here) on December 1.

After our stroll to the barn, some of will walk around the block while others watch a ball game with Daddy.

The great-grands will doubtless be full of energy, and Paul and I will do our best to keep up with them while our sons and daughters-in-law grab time together along with their aunts and uncles and cousins.

And we’ll be thankful.

It will no doubt be bittersweet as we acknowledge Daddy’s continuing battle with cancer, but I’ll take bittersweet. I’ll take nostalgic, too. I’ll take it all because this is a season where life feels especially precious and fragile and good and hard.

For years now, I’ve feasted on the photography of Sherry Peters. We met when I did a book-signing at her store, Bradbury Lane, back in 2007. A few years later she visited me in Lyon and took a lovely author photo of me in front of the Writing Chalet.

Nowadays, Bradbury Lane is online, and oh, my, you must check out Sherry’s note cards, stationery, calendars, prints and much more. In addition, I daily receive holy inspiration from the Morning Prints she creates on Instagram and Facebook.

With her permission, I’ve sprinkled this post with a few of these beauties, with prayers they will cause your joy and gratitude to grow even greater to our Great, Great God from whom all blessings flow. No matter what season of life you’re in.

And yes, oh how thankful I am for my sweet father who has helped me keep my creative flame alive throughout my life.

ELIZABETH MUSSER writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Find more about Elizabeth’s novels at www.elizabethmusser.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog, Letters to the Lord.

1 Comment on “Letters to the Lord: Thankful

  1. Elizabeth I have often thought of your father, of course after meeting him at second ponce and then more recently when Dock told us about his diagnosis. (Recap: we knew dock back in his beginning at Alabama road baptist. He was the youth pastor and we were helpers! We’ve tried to stay in touch over the years) Just wanted you to know this post touched me because of my own family and missing my sweet parents but also because it gave me opportunity to pray for your dad and your family this week! I hope it is sweet as the pumpkin pie. Love and prayers sent to you and your family 🍂❤️ Kathy callahan, cumming Georgia

    Kathy Callahan 404 680-0034 kathycallahan85@gmail.com

    “Lord help me remember that nothing will happen today that you and I can’t handle together”

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