Remembrances at Thanksgiving Ö
Itís amazing the way the Thanksgiving Holiday just sneaks up on you. †
I suppose that is easy to understand when youíre working full-time and your life is connected to two counties in very special ways. I feel so blessed to have been provided an opportunity to touch the lives of children on a broad and significant level. And because itís a responsibility that I donít take lightly, prayer is a constant in my life; so Iím giving thanks every day.
However, giving thanks at Thanksgiving focused me on my personal family, and my thoughts wandered to family celebrations of the past. †
Those were very special times for us as my father, the late Rev. Dr. Joseph H. Jefferson Sr., and mother, the late Omega Theirse Jefferson, along with my oldest sibling, the late AnSonja Turner, and her son, Donald, who has also left this realm, were present. We, the five children, our spouses and our children, along with numerous neighborhood children, gathered in our parents home, in the Village of Pineville, for generous helpings of foods.
It was, above all, a wonderful time of thanksgiving to a gracious God for allowing all of us to gather, from near and far to pray and eat together.† It was also a time for teaching.
As young adults, I donít believe we fully understood, but as I think back, and look at the behaviors we continue to this day, I can clearly see the impact. Prior to sitting at the dining table and beginning the prayer ritual, our mother would pull take-out boxes from the kitchen cabinet, and the first servings would be for the elderly or sick and shut-in in our community. †
Those boxed dinners would have to be delivered, before we could begin our celebration. Following those deliveries, when my parents could feel sure that those they knew to be in need had been fed, we would sit down for our meal. As we did so, we would hold hands, as our father led the prayer. And when he finished, each of us (grandchildren and other present included) would then be provided an opportunity to express our thankfulness for the blessings bestowed.† The lessons were well learned, and those behaviors continue to this day.
We learned that our Thanksgiving celebration was not just about the Pilgrims, or the foods they ate; it was about thanking God for His goodness to our family and remembering that in all things, serving others, as God directed, was a priority.
We were truly blessed by God with the gift of godly parents, and on this Thanksgiving, as we again enjoyed our wonderful meal, we also thanked God for all the gifts sent our way.
The family structure has changed, but each sibling has taken the lessons learned and incorporated them into their family traditions. The world changes, people change, but lessons learned remain intact.
I hope your Thanksgiving was a blessing to you as well as to others.
The Antioch Baptist Associationís Womenísí Auxiliary will conduct again this year, its Christmas gift giving drive.† Information sheets have been delivered to area churches to ensure that identified children will be provided with items from the heart.
All gifts are to be securely wrapped and labeled. Gifts of shoes, clothes and toys are needed.
The gift drive is being coordinated by Sister Myrtle Murrell and Sister Evelyn Bradley.† Sister Lillie Whitten is President of Antioch Baptist Associationís Womenís Auxiliary, Sister Eartha Middleton serves as Vice President. Dr. Leon G. Brown is the Associationís Moderator.
Get Well Wishes
We continue to keep in prayer Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Melvin Wiggins, Deacon Jackie Pinckney, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, James Pinckney, Annie L. Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Dr. Hattie Martin, Noel Smalls, Joyce Dingle, Lillie Whitten, Dorothy Williams; the mother of Ora Blanding, Margie Prioleau, Rev. Dr. Leon G. Brown, Treasure Prioleau, and all others in need of comfort and prayers.
Items of Interest
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