The Thanksgiving Feast and Glow

She would begin baking pies and making casseroles the night before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, the turkey, ham, and several side dishes culminated into an aroma that I will never forget. The only thing that has changed in my 72 Thanksgivings is the one preparing the feast. For me, my Mother was that first “she.” As a kid, I would wake up in a house filled with delicious smells. Suddenly, I had a hungry belly. Back then, I did not do anything except show up for the meal. Mom hummed as she worked. She would glow as she served the family she loved. I will never forget her song or her glow. We were so happy together.

My wife, Dottie, joined my Mother for a few years preparing the holiday feast. Then, Mom went home to be with the Lord and was no longer front and center to help with our Thanksgiving buffet.

Dottie took up the mantle of preparation. Our daughters woke up to a house filled with delicious smells and a hungry belly. Dottie was less shy about putting me to work, and I was good at following her directions. Dottie would often play and sing Christmas songs as she prepared our Thanksgiving meal. She glowed as she served our little family, and we all enjoyed her music as she prepared our meal.

My little girls have grown up, and Dottie and I have been at their homes and enjoyed the Thanksgiving feasts that they have prepared. They have a song as they work too. It is incredible to see my daughters carry on our traditions.

Was this year going to be different? I thought everyone had to work. It looked like we would end up eating Chinese food at a local restaurant. My anticipation plummetted.  

Today, I listened as Dottie and our daughter, Leona, spoke on the phone. Leona was preparing a Thanksgiving feast in Florida for a large crowd that she plans on sharing in her home on Thanksgiving. I have heard her song as she prepares. I smiled as they talked, and I could almost smell the sweet aroma of her kitchen.

I am excited about Thursday because my daughter, Lynnette, and granddaughter Lucy are preparing our Thanksgiving feast. I’m excited about smelling and eating a great Thanksgiving meal. Today, Neil Burns, a great Christian friend, continued a tradition started by his lovely wife, Sue. He prepared a sweet-potato casserole for our Thanksgiving meal. I guess the glow is on my face as I anticipate a great meal with people I love so much.

Published by People Pastor Dr. Bill Fix

Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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