In 2020, a Different Kind of Thanksgiving

We’ve heard it many times and in many ways already. And as 2020 draws to a close, it will be on repeat: for most of us, the year 2020 has been plain tough. From the pandemic to civil unrest and the unprecedented election cycle – the change, uncertainty, and “new normal” we have experienced this year will be remembered in our personal and our nation’s history.

Each one of God’s people has been personally or has been near illness, loss, loneliness, financial crisis, or other tragedy this year. It’s the same for us here at Griffin Christian School. From our sweet-faced Kindergarteners to our proud Seniors and ever-patient faculty and staff, we have all been affected by this year’s challenges and disappointments.

There’s no doubt, it’s been tough for everyone. And it’s easy to see how, as Thanksgiving approaches, we may be inclined to think about this year’s many negatives rather than the many blessings in our lives.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7

But maybe Thanksgiving 2020 is a reminder think differently (as we have done so often this year) when remembering all for which we are grateful. Did you ever think you would be consciously thankful for toilet paper, eggs, and discovering the last packet of yeast on the shelf? Medical professionals and teachers were already appreciated, but for many of us, that feeling has multiplied by thousands. Before COVID, when was the last time your family (including all who have a driver’s license or are away at school) played Sorry!, or worked a puzzle together? Just being together – doing the little things – is now so much more valuable.

Twenty-twenty will soon end, and, God willing, COVID-19 will soon be under control. The economy will resume its normal cycles. It won’t be long before we can dine inside a restaurant and play ball or Bunco with the neighbors and realize we don’t have to go back for a forgotten mask. We will have renewed gratitude for the small blessings in our lives.

So, happy Thanksgiving! Here’s to the small blessings.