You know, this is a great time of year,
and it’s also a tough time of year,
because we have so many memories, so many memories.
So, let me just focus on Thanksgiving, this giving thanks.
how do we give thanks?
amidst all the hustle and bustle and cooking and cleaning and traveling
and still working,
since we never stop and since the hospital never stops,
and since we have to keep providing the best care, the most excellent care.
how do we give thanks?
we do get some time off, even if it’s not, always, the actual day, cause we work in health care,
and we’ve recognized long ago that disease and accidents never rest, never stop, and people always have to be cared for,
we’ve learned to adjust our particular time, and our attitude and our gathering and our celebrations.
So we stop,
and some of us cook and others of us know who it is in the family who will cook,
and who will provide, and where we will gather, and what will be there to eat, and how we will contribute,
and just having some time to be with folks we know and love,
and sometimes it’s the only time all year that we will actually see those folks
and we renew contact, and we tell stories, and we eat good, and we remember,
we remember so much, because of this special time of the year.
And so many of us have adopted and believe thanksgiving is the best holiday of the whole year,
since it’s a little more calm, and it’s not as rushed, and it doesn’t get too overblown, and we do renew that contact,
and it doesn’t have to be so overblown or overdone,
and didn’t take 2 months of preparation or shopping or have extra decorations strewn all about the house,
nor be such a huge deal to clean up before and afterwards.
Giving thanks, giving thanks. How do we give thanks, how do you give thanks?
You know I give thanks for so many of you, so many of you every day,
and I only get a tiny glimpse of what you do, and who you are,
and what impact you have, and how you touch our community, and how you touch all our co-workers.
So many of you do so much, and it’s above and beyond,
and even the slightest thing you do can have the biggest impact,
to someone who is hurting,
to someone who is sad,
to someone who needs an understanding word.
And it’s not only in your doing, it’s also in your being
I give thanks for all of you,
and I pray that this will be a special time of giving thanks for you and all of your loved ones during this next week.
Phil Baucom serves as Chaplain for Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, North Carolina. Many thanks for his thoughts this Thanksgiving time.