When Thanksgiving Doesn’t Go As Planned
by Grace Fox
Giving thanks in all things is easy when all things come easy. But what about when plans don’t turn out as expected, especially on Thanksgiving weekend?
As Canadians, my family and I celebrated Thanksgiving a month ago. We love having a houseful of guests on special occasions, so we invited a dozen friends to join us. To accommodate everyone’s schedules, we planned to eat our turkey dinner on Saturday. My eldest daughter wanted to spend the holiday with us, so she booked a flight that would enable her to arrive several hours before the party began.
A text arrived at 9 A.M. “Flight cancelled,” it read. A second text arrived 20 minutes later: “Flight rebooked, but it takes me into a different city than the original.”
My husband had planned to pick up our daughter at the airport. The first destination meant a two-hour round trip. The new destination added four hours to his driving time. Unfortunately, the rebooked flight was delayed not once, but twice.
Canceling or rescheduling Thanksgiving dinner for our invited guests wasn’t an option, so I moved forward with the meal. I felt sad serving turkey and trimmings knowing my husband and daughter were missing the festivities, but what could I do? They finally pulled into our driveway at 10:30 P.M. By then, our guests had eaten, played games and gone home.
Thanksgiving 2017 didn’t go as planned. Nonetheless, I still had countless reasons for which to be grateful: friends, family, food and sweet fellowship to name a few. Oh yeah—one more—an abundance of holiday leftovers to serve my husband and daughter for lunch the next day.
Your Thanksgiving 2017 might turn out as planned, or perhaps it will take a surprise turn. Regardless, may your weekend be filled with gratitude for God’s many good gifts to you and those you love.
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries.