A couple weeks ago I wrote on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, a reminder of how important community is. I drew a conclusion that a family of many siblings is a strong “cord” that “is not quickly broken” (verse 12). While some may scoff at a large family as a sign of dependence and weakness, we believe it is a sign of strength and stability.
The verse is broad, and I witnessed this strength of community yesterday morning as a group of friendseight families in allput together the most beautiful Thanksgiving dinner we have ever had. As I explained to one of the moms a couple weeks ago, we, right now, are very needy. Mom is constantly feeding twins, Dad is self-employed and constantly needing to get to work, and kids are still just as demanding as ever.
This is such a testimony of the strength of community. All eight families attend the local home school group. One mom desired to make a turkey for us, but thought of asking other moms who knew us to make side dishes. On Thursday morning, we had the most exquisite Thanksgiving dinner delivered to us that included not only turkey, but two kinds of stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn bread, muffins, cranberry sauce, green beans, a number of pies, and much more. What a blessing!
Also two weeks ago, Wendy and I were contemplating dropping our traditional Thanksgiving tradition. Every year we get together with another family who doesn’t have immediate family in the area (most gather with their families; our families are all out east). Though we have only done this for five years, this is a big deal to our kids. However, with twins, we were thinking of NOT having anyone over. With the announcement of this large blessing from family friends, we invited our chiropractor and his family over for the meal. The tradition lives on and our blessing was shared!
Wow, what a Thanksgiving to be thankful for! We can’t say how much we appreciate our good friends. We are humbled at their heartwarming generosity. Thank you so much!