During an interview recently, someone asked my thoughts about what makes for a happy life. Without hesitation, I responded, “For me, being happy is about having people who love you and those whom you love. To love and to be loved means everything; the rest is inconsequential.”

There is no question that our lives run the full gamut of ups and downs, ins and outs, highs and lows. No one seems to escape and if you have or know of someone who has, please let me know. Still, it has long been my philosophy that if you have people willing and able to walk with you, you can get through just about anything, you can grow and learn new things about yourself and others, and you can better understand what it means to be human.

As I am writing this Wednesday morning, my daughter-in-law is in labor about to give birth to my 8th grandchild – a son, already named, prayed for, and loved. I know he is going to be beautiful, amazing, spectacular in every way – ask almost any grandparent and they will tell you the exact same thing or something similar about each of their grandchildren. And I can hardly wait to see him.

I am grateful. And I am holding this moment for the precious treasure that it is. Another soul to love, another life to champion, another sign of God’s grace shining in on us. This is what makes me happy.

I’m wishing you and your family a happy, holy, and wonderful Thanksgiving. You are blessed. Be thankful.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy