Thankful for the blood.

I’m in a flurry of cleaning, baking, and cooking, but I did want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  And this will sound…oh I don’t know, trite?  cliche?…but bear with me please.  What I want to tell you is to stop and just let your heart be filled with gratitude for the family you have, your blood relatives and your in-laws, however imperfect they may be. Yes, everyone says that, but the thing is to truly do it.  And then tell them how much you love them.

On Halloween, a young man at my daughter’s high school, a senior, died in a catastrophic car crash not far from school.  This is a small town and everybody pretty much knows everyone else, so not only the family but the whole community was pretty much devastated.

His obituary read, “[He] lived in Chelsea his entire life.”

My daughter told me that at the candlelight vigil, his sobbing older sister addressed everyone, saying:

“If you guys would do one thing for me: take stock of your life and tell everyone you love them. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Apparently she and her brother had had the typical sort of sibling relationship and didn’t exactly spend much time expressing their love for each other.  She had gone off to college in August and not seen her brother for some time.

And I know how she now feels.

On the evening of December 4, 2006 my mother called me.  I was irritated with her about something and when we hung up, I didn’t say, “I love you, mom.”

Ask me what the one thing is from life that I would change if I could.

No matter how irritated I am with my children, I try to tell them every day before they leave that I love them.

You may find yourself irritated, annoyed or offended by some family member or another tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner.  Let go of the offense.  Tell them you love them before you leave.  The lie of modernity is that blood is no thicker than water, but that is utter horseshit.

Consumerism, politics, “careers”…it is all meaningless.  What I am truly thankful for is the family that I have by blood and by marriage and for the blood of Jesus Christ, shed for the remission of my – and your – sins.

Kith and kin and Christ – the blood you share with your people and the Blood of the Lamb – are the only things that mean anything.  Do you have these things?

If not, instead of heading out to that door-buster sale for another piece of crap, I entreat you to call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.  And then call your mom or your dad  or your kid from whom you’ve been estranged, or whatever relative you have, and tell them you love them.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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5 thoughts on “Thankful for the blood.

  1. There is wisdom in this. You never know what the future may hold. It is good to tel people you care about that you love them. There is another benefit, you don’t take each other for granted.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Well, Thanksgiving is a happy, fun, joyful day of course; I don’t want to give the impression with this post that it’s doom and gloom and anxiety about death day! 🙂

    To that end, let’s also be thankful for all the silly and humorous things in life too, shall we?

    My family is so thankful for these goofy dogs we got as pups this past summer. We got nearly a foot of snow last Saturday, which was our first real snow of the year and the first time Professor Diggers and Miss Ruby had ever seen snow:

    They loved it and provided us all with endless amusement watching them chase falling snowflakes and yelp with surprise when clumps of snow fell out of the trees on them:

    The Abominable Snow Doodle:

    One of our daughters tried to make a snow angel but the dogs kept thinking she was hurt or wanted to play and jumped all over her, licking her face and nipping at her coat sleeves, messing up her angel in the process:

    They spent a lot of their time with their heads buried in the snow under the old pear tree, trying to root up frozen dropped (and I think slightly fermented, given how they later acted) pears:

    Snoozing on an old blanket by the fire after a hard day’s work plowing through snow banks and digging up the dried corn and fresh carrots my husband had put out to entice a buck (or as I like to call it, walking venison :)) to come around:

    Unfortunately when I got up early this morning to start cooking a nice Thanksgiving breakfast for everyone, it had started to rain and all the nice snow is being washed away.

    Anyway, I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving Day full of laughter and yummy food.

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  3. Oh, and one more quick thing before I go. If you have to cook a crowd-sized breakfast this morning because you have out-of-town guests sleeping over, the easiest way to make a lot of bacon at once is definitely to bake it in the oven. For the novice cooks in the crowd:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400.
    2. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil (use enough so that you can fold the edges up to keep all the grease on the foil)
    3. Put a cookie cooling rack in or over the baking sheet.
    4. Lay the slices of bacon close together and bake at 400 until it’s as crispy as your family prefers it.

    Mmm, bacon:

    You can pour the liquid fat through a sieve into a glass container and store it in the fridge for cooking or let it harden on the tinfoil, then carefully ball it up and dispose of it in the trash (that’s a shocking waste of perfectly good fat, though!).

    The dogs are dancing around by the oven like little fools. They seem to believe this is all being done for their benefit and are very in the way. They’ve got to stay inside though because someone around here must be trying to get venison for today’s table or something; I’ve been hearing their shotgun blasts every little bit for the past hour or so. Poor pups, have a slice of bacon to pass the time til you can go out… 🙂

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    • I’ll bet the pups are going crazy. Their sense of smell is two hundred times more acute than a human’s and they really like bacon. 🙂

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    • After I cook bacon in the oven, I pour the grease into a paper cup and put it in the freezer. When I need bacon fat for sautéing onions or whatever, I just take the cup out of the freezer and peel it off of the hardened fat. It’s the easiest and least messy way I know to store and reuse it… and I agree, you should never let good fat go to waste. 😉

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