This year will be different that all the ones of the past. With my mother and my brother both in heaven this year as well as countless other relatives like my aunt Lola and my husband's aunt Louise, there is a bit of sadness about all the festivities. Yet, when I look at what Thanksgiving is all about, I have to remember all of the things for which I am thankful. First, I am thankful for those who are no longer with us, but that God allowed them to be such a part of our lives for so many years. I'm thankful for my husband and my children and extended family. But mostly, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, who gave Himself for my salvation and who now makes intercession with God the Father on my behalf and has sent the Blessed Holy Spirit to walk with me daily. Things are different. I have a longing in my heart for heaven that keeps growing as time goes by. Yet, I have so much in this life to look forward to doing, witnessing and just beholding. Life is a blessing. Thank you Lord!