Thanksgiving Should Be Every Day!

Thanksgiving Should Be Every Day!

Late last month my niece was involved in a terrible car accident. As a result, she is recuperating with three fractures in her left foot, a fracture in her right foot, a broken right ankle, two broken vertebrae, and facial burns and corneal abrasion from the airbag. We thank God she survived!

I visited with Amber while she was still in the hospital. She looked so pitiful and I felt so bad for her.  As a nurse herself, now is her time to be on the other side of the care-giving spectrum.

Because she is a nurse, Amber’s work schedule doesn’t allow much leniency for days off. She frequently, regretfully misses most holiday and family get-togethers.  This Thanksgiving will be an exception.

It’s a Good Thing!

Before leaving the hospital, Amber said to my mom: “Grandma, maybe this was a good thing.” We all laughed at the irony of it. But the reality of it was that her heartfelt sentiment was very genuine: her desire to be with her family at Thanksgiving, no matter the cost.

Whether it be by wheelchair or even having to carry her in, we will find a way for Amber to join us this Thanksgiving, where we will celebrate life—hers, ours, yours—and will surely give thanks to God for his infinite goodness for all that we have and all that we do.  And we are grateful to have another family member home again!

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  ~Edward Sandford Martin

As her godmother, Amber’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being have always been in my prayers. She just needs a little extra right now.  Will you join me in praying for her and all those people who may be suffering through the holiday season?


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About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
  • jpinotti

    Praying for Amber and all who are in need of our time and attention. I love your blog and I love you. I’m so glad God put you in my life. Always thankful to Him for you, my best friend. :)

  • Monna Younger

    Absolutely beautiful Sharon. The tradegy and glory of it all brought lots of tears to my eyes and heart. Yes, thanks be to God that she is alive and beginning to heal. I believe through the the intercessing of our Blessed Mother asking God to spare her life is why it was spared. She stressed many times to me that her ‘rosary’ was in the car Everytime I have spoken with her since the accident she mentions the ‘rosary’ being in the car at the time of the accident. What a blessing. The prayers for her recovery and her well being has always been in your daily prayers for her being the good and faithful godmother you have been. I am so blessed to have such a loving and precious daughter as you, Sharon. The celebration of Thanksgiving this year will certainly be one we’ll all cherish and keep in our heart.

  • Sr. Mary

    Sharon, what a gift you have with words! They speak of your heart! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sue Carroll

    Yes, we all have much to be thankful for and we should give thanks each day!
    How very beautifully written Sharon! As always, I enjoy reading your articles. My heart and prayers go out to Amber. I hope all of you had a beautiful day together with Amber! God bless you all