By Rosanna Bauman
The boys have just a few acres of grain sorghum left to glean. The turkeys are all dressed (except for the one escapee that we just found!) and delivered to families. Next on the schedule is winterizing the farm before the freezing temperatures arrive. But for one day, in the middle of our busy workweek we will pause, go to church services, and share a relaxed afternoon in observation of our blessings. This Thanksgiving we are most thankful for life. A neighbor lost his life suddenly when his grain semi wrecked just up the road from our farm. Even more sobering is the fact that Steven, just last week, had the same scenario happen to his hay semi as our neighbor, on the same road, a mile apart. This road has deep ditches and no shoulders, so if your tires just barely get off to the edge, you are in the ditch. Marvin was behind Steven in another truck and started screaming when he saw the trailer, loaded with tons of hay bales, twist and its wheels rise in the air. By so me miracle, the semi returned to the ground and life returned to normal. We go about our daily lives so carelessly, forgetting that each day truly is a gift, and that death is no respecter of persons. All life is to be respected, but we often disrespect our own lives the worst. So this Thanksgiving we are thankful for the life we have and for the family that surrounds us — while we have them. While some families miss their loved ones most at Christmas time, for our family
it’s Thanksgiving. My mother lost her 14 year old brother in a farming accident a few days before Thanksgiving. Her mother’s funeral was he Id the wee k before Thanksgiving. And her deceased father's birthday is two days before Thanksgiving. So our Thanksgivings are a juxtaposition of appreciation for the harvests, for our preservation of life and health, for friends and neighbors who bless our lives, for the plant and animal life that sustains us, for family with whom we are still blessed and thanks for the time we have had with loved ones who are no Ionger here. And so, we give thanks for God‘s miracle of life.