how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one,
especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and
the weekend, Iím not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God
for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past
few weeks from dear family members and friends.
you especially to the United Methodist Women in Peralta, New
Mexico, who prepared and served a comforting lunch to feed the
sorrowful souls after my sisterís service. Food meets more
than physical needs at times like these.
for the first time in a very long time, turkey and stuffing
were of secondary importance this Thanksgiving. Instead, I
feasted on the many blessings that so often come through
difficult times if we just keep our eyes and hearts open.
waste the moments, my older sister, Cheryl reminded us at our
sisterís service. Each year, each day, each holiday season
offers new opportunities to make precious memories. How right
our sisterís service, we found ó tucked away in a stack of
papers at her home ó a yellowed clipping of a piece entitled
"How to Plant a Special Garden." With apologies to
the anonymous writer, I have taken a bit of creative license
to adapt what we read into a recipe for a healthful holiday
together 4 varieties of peas:
at least one vegetable dish for every dessert that you make.
eat slowly and savor every bite. Youíll enjoy it more and
decline seconds on anything dripping in fat or sugar.
in finding a time to exercise.
healthy servings of squash:
the urge to eat past the point of feeling comfortably
negative talk to or about others; it will help your digestion.
the desire to finish off the rest of the pie before you take a
long walk to think about it.
3 types of lettuce:
share what we have with others.
take time to say thank you.
help with the dishes.
entire mixture with 3 helpings of turnips:
a smile, even when you donít especially feel like it.
words of encouragement to others as well as yourself.
with gratitude if someone has invited you for a holiday meal.
call me old-fashioned, but I still think the day set aside on
the fourth Thursday of every November to stop and reflect on
the gifts and blessings that surround us is a really good