Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Then Hezekiah said, “You have now dedicated yourselves to the Lord.  Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the temple of the Lord.”  So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings.

  • 2 Chronicles 29:31

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

  • Psalm 9:1-2

For those in Canada who celebrated Thanksgiving Day back on October 11, happy belated Thanksgiving Day.  But should we not give thanks every day?

Even when times are not so good, and sometimes especially because times are not so good, we need to give thanks.  God is the Creator of all things.  Anything that we have we owe to Him.  God is sovereign and reigns over the universe.  Anything good that has happened, we owe that to Him.

I am afraid that Thanksgiving Day is being overshadowed by circumstances.  My wife and I were well trained when I was in the Army in Europe.  The Post Exchange opened a special wing for toys in late September and early October.  We were done with that part of Christmas shopping long before Halloween.  Then we would do the traditional early December shopping for the German things.  Supply chains being slow would never usually be a problem with us.  The drawback to shopping early is that the “IT” toy was not advertised until early December and the boys “needed” it.  Other than a yearly scramble for that one thing, we were usually relaxed.  But with the focus on Christmas shopping and the turkey shortage, will many people stop, slow down, or even notice that Thanksgiving Day is here?

I hope to be celebrating a special thanksgiving in that the surgeon will examine my wife’s fistula graft on the day this post comes out.  Then after Thanksgiving Day sometime, the dialysis center will have a try at using it.  This has been a ten-month ordeal, and maybe this hurdle will soon be behind us.

I wish all you readers out there a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and may God bless you throughout the year.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. God’s blessings to you and to all the family this Thanksgiving celebration. J.

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  2. I’m praying that everything went smoothly and successful. Happy Thanksgiving

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    • It seems so. She will have the graft-fistula combination tested soon. We have a green light. Now – Does it work?

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      • I’ll be praying. Have you wrote about that and what it is and how it works? I’d love to know more.

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      • I have written about how she has had the surgeries, but most people probably don’t know that a fistula is a bypass vessel (part of a vein) that connects an artery and vein of sufficient size to perform dialysis. It is beneath the skin, so the two needles one pumping in and one pumping out are IV needles, bad blood goes out, good blood comes back from the machine. But the fistula has to grow so that you don’t simply pump in the good blood and return it to the vein – far enough apart to draw out unfiltered blood. My wife’s did not grow sufficiently, due to a thinning of the vein near the shoulder. So, the surgeon put her graft near her armpit, bypassing the thin spot. Now, they should be able to put one needle in near her elbow and the other near her shoulder. Once they confirm the system is working, they can remove the temporary catheters that they have been using. With the catheters, she cannot take a shower. So, maybe by Christmas she will be showering again.

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      • Wow that is fascinating…but I’m sure so hard on you both to go through all of this. But it also brings hope…which is vital to us all. I’m a’prayin

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      • Thank you so much. Prayers are always welcome.

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  3. Happy belated Thanksgiving Mark to you, your wife and entire family

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