Happy Thanksgiving

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

6 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Sara,  Thank you for your Thanksgiving Greeting and verse. How did you know that would have been and is perfect for me? Happy Thanksgiving to you! (I think we’re missing someone’s birthday again…)  

  2. I am thankful we do not have to be anxious about anything. We have a Heavenly Father we can bring our concerns to. 🙏✝️ Happy Thanksgiving to all! 🥰

  3. Awe Uncle Phil you are a blessing to many. Thank you for joining us in giving thanks and in remembrance of your beloved cousin, MG.
    She is greatly missed daily. Her Birthday month always calls for piano music that brings our thoughts to How Great God is and was in her life and legacy.
    I would like to engage you into a short story about MG’s eternal life story.
    Just recently I visted her gravesite. As I arrived on property I noticed new neighbors had moved in. I saw the lady very quickly put on her mask and begin to approach me. We had a lovely chat and my mind was twirling with my duties there awaiting me to get them done in a very short time.
    Yet, this moment with new neighbors seemed to be more important than my plan to pick up twigs and leaves.
    She and husband retirees from New Jersey. They had only been in home a short time but things had not been going well for them for various reasons. Covid-19 in area, death of a daughter and neighbors giving them a hard time on property lines plus.
    In these moments she boldly said, “I’ve heard you are a Christian! Is that true! I said, yes I am are you? And she replied, Yes.
    I made my way in movement and words to depart for my duties and she said, Ive been peaking across the pond and wanting to see your place as it seems so peaceful. May I visit sometime. I said, would you like to walk with me now? She quickly and happily followed my footsteps as I walked her through a path in a field lined with crepe myrtle trees by a pond and a few fruit trees that I guessed must have been a thanksgiving treat for a few black bears that had been sighted there.
    Then we came to MG’s legacy written in stone and glistening in the sun. A story was told of a beautiful child of God of Bativia New York that travelled far and wide including nations of wealth and those of poverty where she taught music. She had no birth children but many hundreds of children making melodies of heaven and nature sings.
    I looked upon this precious ladies face and saw peace replace anxiety. She glanced up and saw names on the Crepe Myrtle trees surrounding MG’s stone, Anna Cericola and Eugene, and more. Yes, Mary Grace had planted and left memory trees for her ancestors. She asked the colors and they were named as they are rich tones in various colors.
    In our talk of the day we discovered her gift she is so happy with. A Master Gardner! The very next week a truck load of plants were donated by my son and wife and Debi our Gardner and MG’s friend delivered them to property. And, our Master Gardner listening to our story of not getting them all planted said, leave them there and I will take care of.
    I must say my faith in wondering why God sometimes leaves us in wilderness work wavers a bit about others and myself. But, when God opens His plan that was part of His Kingdom plan shame about my unbelief and doubt stings and yet He heals quickly and gives rest to continue sharing His story of greatness.
    We’ve a story to tell to the Nations🎼🎼🎼

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to all as well!

    It is a blessing to read your words and “MG’s eternal life story” Sara; and join in with Uncle Phil and others in remembering MG. Reading these words that wove MG’s “legacy” with touching the lives of many, even in your walk with the Master Gardner, sparks heartful thanksgiving. And reading about what God has done, and continues to do, really “surpasses all understanding”.

  5. ‘For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.’
    —Romans 12:4–5 (NRSV

    As I pondered MG’s life of touching many, many lives through her gift/talent/education of music and her cooking and her vocation and long excellent standing of teaching music in school that paid her bills I noticed she gave her all being her career to support herself or sharing her time in church and community as equal. She loved writing songs in the moment for special occasions. Birthdays, holidays, retirements etc. She made people feel as special as they were in those few moments and she often found a way to bring her parents and community in the storyline that encouraged others to remember those that helped and are helping to form you.

    MG’s Birthday remembrance 2021 started here with a comment from her NY cousin, Phil. I’ve never met Phil face to face but she made him so special over the years that I feel he, his family and his cat are a vital part of our Lily Garden community. A beautiful gift MG gave us when she shared her cousin, Mother, brother and others to build community in unity of love and respect.

    Was she perfect? No! Did she make others perfect? No! But, she did believe in forgiveness because of Jesus and His death and resurrection. She gave her being to connect in community so others would desire to know more about Jesus and His love for all!

    I was asked the following questions recently?

    “In what ways has your community helped to form you? How do you help your community form others?”

    So I don’t take up more of your time by writing and speaking which I could easily do as words are me let me answer by God’s grace we will continue to work toward the ways my community helped to form me and me others; “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” Romans 12:4–5 (NRSV)

    And, hopefully follow 1 Corinthians 10:31…

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