As the season for giving and being thankful approaches, I can’t help but remember a time when I was awaiting the arrival of my son to come home after he was born. My son was born at 27 weeks, 1lb 10 oz. and 12 inches long, he was 13 weeks early. During this time seven years ago, we were in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) waiting to hear news about my son coming home during Thanksgiving. It was with a saddened face that my nurse practitioner said to me, “I am sorry but your son is just too sick to come home at this time.” I was devastated at the news, but I knew for the sake of my other children, I had to be strong. My son did come home March of the following year after spending five months in the NICU. Today as I work with parents of premature babies who are in the same situation, I am reminded daily of their struggles because they were once my struggles.
Take a moment today to thank God for the silent blessings in your life. It is easy to get caught up in the moment of shopping for food for the big Thanksgiving dinner, to get excited about the football game and the black Friday shopping sprees early the next day. Those are all great and fun things to do, but as you plan your day, step away for a moment and just say a silent prayer to God for all the blessings that you have received all year round. If you think about it, pray for those that are hurting because they are not with their loved ones due to a loss, illness or falling out. Thanksgiving is a day of reflection for all that we have. A great way to start a family tradition is going around the table and asking everyone to share one thing that they are grateful for during dinner. This is a great conversation starter and gets everyone involved both children and adults.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. May the joy of the season be with you all year round not just on one day.