Tuesday, November 25, 2014

on feeling thankful for stinkbugs?

last thanksgiving. my twin, carol is left, then dad, then me.

for these i am thankful 
 as they land on my lamps
i'm reminded that i enjoy the american luxury
of uninterrupted electricity in my home
not too many years ago i wouldn't have eaten
even one cookie
but saturday-sunday? 
three of us ate 44 lemon crinkles in 23 hours
shame didn't show to the party
my dad
it's our first thanksgiving without him
but my gratefulness runs deep to have had
forty-three years of his wit and wisdom
isaiah's words are my weapon
as i stave off the sad of loss and the fear of future
Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.

What are your thankfuls this week?

linking with kellilaurajenjenniferbarbiesharita


  1. Kendal,
    Oh, so happy you were able to enjoy cookies without shame and for the fond memories you have of your dad and the power of God's promises to comfort....praying you continue to experience God's comfort.

  2. I am thankful for this post because I totally miss hearing your writing voice and life adventures. Plus, that pictures is just plain sweet.

  3. So grateful to have read this post today. My mom just came home from the hospital Mon. & the journey is not yet over. This post was such a precious reminder to be grateful for each & every day we have & for the many blessings God gives us. May He continue to bring you His comfort.

  4. These are all such beautiful things to be grateful for, Kendal. And my heart feels with you in the loss of your dad and this "first" holiday season you are coming up on. It's been six years now since I lost my dad, and yet I still remember the heaviness of a fresher grief. I still grieve and miss him; I always will. And while I'm tenderly aware each one of us walks through grief different... I hope to encourage you in some way, that the sadness is not necessarily something to fight or stave off. It is natural, and it is so hard, but it is not to be feared. Many of my clearest memories of Christ's presence are in the thick of sadness, more so than happy times.

    Love and peace to your heart and your family.

    1. "...the sadness is not necessarily something to fight or stave off." i needed to hear that! thank you. hope your holiday is rich....

  5. This is wonderful, Kendal! I am thankful for dirty dishes in the sink, because it reminds me we have running water and food to eat.

    I am thankful for incessant toddler messes because I have a sweet little one to love.

    I am thankful for super-sandy army boots mussing up my kitchen floor because it means that my beloved is home with us this year.

    Thanks for sharing your heart, girl. And praying that today is filled with joy and peace as you remember your Dad.

  6. i'm miss you! hope you have enjoyed your week with stinkbugs, family, cookies, and reflection.

  7. Thanks and praise for all because God is our Father always even when we have lost our own. I love your encouragement and am praying for you as you remember your dad and celebrate at the same time. Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Brew.