For the first time in many years, our family is accepting an invitation to another family’s Thanksgiving table. We’ve cooked and hosted for many years (I think most of our 25 years as a married couple), but this year an offer has come and we are ready to receive.
As many care giving families relate, it is easier to stay home. Traveling isn’t always easy for people with special needs; being in a strange place isn’t easy on them; eating unfamiliar foods (or familiar foods prepared by unfamilar hands with unfamiliar ingredients in an unfamiliar kitchen) isn’t easy either.
And if it ain’t easy on the person in our care, it ain’t easy on care givers and it ain’t easy on those who would dare to host us.
But we have some sweet and hardy friends who are giving this a whirl, and this year it means a great deal. It’s been a year of extra efforts and extra exhaustion for Melissa and me, and to receive care is a blessing that’s hard to put into adequate words.
I want to praise all out there who are spending the holiday with families like ours. Whether you are the care giver staying put to make it as pleasant a day as possible for those in your care, or you are someone providing a day of respite and refreshment to a special needs family, you are part of something more awesome than you might realize,
(Jesus) said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14 ESV)
“Thank you” doesn’t seem like enough to say, but those are my meager words. I pray that you will receive greater, glorious praise at the eternal banquet that Jesus will serve.