Thanksgiving Week passed in a delightfully chaotic and joyful blur, Lord. At one point on Thursday, twenty-five of us ranging in age from 20 months to 87 years were spread around my father’s house. We managed to gather all the family in the front yard before eating the meal. The sky was cobalt blue and the mood was high.

And we were deeply grateful. We all held hands and sang the Doxology in praise to You outside. Then Daddy gave his Thanksgiving prayer–just as I described last week. It. Was. Perfect.

Daddy with his grandkids, grand-daughters-in-law and great-grandkids

The newlyweds had arrived on Tuesday evening, eager to be back with ‘Granddaddy’.

Andrew and Paul drove to Atlanta from the Chattanooga area on Wednesday so that Andrew could participate in the birthday meal for Chris and my brother Jere on Wednesday evening. And Lacy brought the four grandkids and #5 (in her belly) up on Thursday.

For three days, various members of the Goldsmith-Musser tribe gathered to eat, share, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. And be so, so thankful, Lord, for family in all its different forms.

You know the things that fill my cup to overflowing, Lord. A walk around the block with each of my sons, building Legos and Lincoln Logs with my grandsons and coloring with my older grand-daughter. These are some of life’s greatest pleasures. Of course, another highlight is cuddling with Baby Lena and speaking to her in French, as Andrew has done since her birth.

The attendance at the annual cousins Ultimate Frisbee game the day after Thanksgiving keeps expanding as our grandkids are welcomed into the mix and Paul keeps up with the younger generation: a six-year-old and a sixty-two-year-old sharing the field with teens and twenty and thirty-somethings.

My father even picked out a Christmas tree on Black Friday and many of us took turns decorating.

On Saturday, I had the special privilege of watching the Georgia Tech vs Georgia football game with Daddy from the President’s Box at Georgia Tech. The joy, Lord, was being with my dad, the most loyal Tech alum in the world.

The game wasn’t, ah-hem, such a joy, but at least Georgia only won by 45 points! While Daddy and I watched the game from the luxury of the President’s Box, Paul, Chris, and Ashlee watched from below us in the stands.

And I admired the beautiful Atlanta skyline against another perfect cobalt blue fall sky.

The longer I live, the more I see that what’s important in this life on earth is taking deep breaths and allowing ourselves time to love those we love. To really, really love them in the best and simplest of ways: with our presence. Whether our presence be physical or separated by a phone screen halfway around the world.

It’s what Advent is all about, isn’t it, Lord? You loving us with Your presence in the Incarnation. You came down and stepped into our mess and showed us a love that is still changing the world and our lives.

Now I’m back at my desk in my office in Flintstone, Georgia, working on final edits for By Way of the Moonlight. In so many ways, Lord, writing this novel has been a nostalgic trip through my past and even further back into my mother’s past, with lots of fiction added in. It’s about family and horses and holding onto dreams.

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Whether crafting a story for my readers or baking cookies with my grandkids or encouraging one of our workers via Zoom or attending a Georgia Tech football game with my father, I have an abundance of reasons to say “Merci” to You, dear Lord.

So I enter this Advent season with a heart filled with gratitude for all that I have been given and a prayer on my lips that I will take Your presence with me wherever life leads me next.

“You will make known to me the way of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11

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.

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