We are continuing “Celebrating Holidays at the Cafe” today!  Grab a cup of coffee, take a break from the turkey preparations, and join us!

This morning, my husband and I will head south to the small town of Orlinda, Tennessee for our family celebration.  Yes, I spelled that correctly.  O-R-L-I-N-D-A.  I promise that it’s nothing like that place in Florida where Mickey lives.

Anyway, we’ll head south to Tennessee (which my husband refers to as “the Promised Land”), where we look forward to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with our extended family.  It’s not elaborate, but it’s good, and definitely something for which we are thankful.

We are certainly thankful this year for the big things in life – family, friends, health, our home, our work.  We never want to take these things for granted, and we know that each one is a special gift from God.

I am also thankful for many of the “little” pleasures of life – hot coffee, baked apple pie candles, good music, a great book, fuzzy socks, and flannel pj’s.

And yet, I am most grateful for this:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it … He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-5, 10-14