Long before my buddies and I started playing the “Turkey Bowl” football game every Thanksgiving morning, which lasted for decades, my brother Steve and I had our own game. We would ask Mom what time we were going to eat, and off we would go to Schenck School to play basketball. Did I mention this was an outside court? Bundled up we would play in any weather until it was time to make it home for the feast. The court at this school in my neighborhood was once deemed the Griffith Coliseum, due to the enormous amount of time we spent playing ball there. The pole on which the backboard and rim were attached had an extreme lean to it. A jump shot from the corner was virtually impossible, except for Steve. Wearing his leather gloves with and old rubber Voit basketball, he could make shot after shot from deep in the corner. We would play and announce the games as if we were in the midst of an epic battle. I no longer live in that area, and the court is long since gone, but oh the memories!!!
Last Thanksgiving was the first without Steve. I must admit I did not do well. This year will be different. I plan to embrace those who have gone before me, and focus on the mercy of God rather than my losses. I am sure I will have a moment or two, but they will pass and the strength given me from our Lord will sustain me.
How about you? I would love you to join me this year in embracing the mercy of God. Holding onto it through the rough spots and then thanking Him for what you still have and not what you’ve lost.
· Offers hope
Romans 5:2 “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” No situation is hopeless.
· Provides purpose
Romans 5:3 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;” God will use every situation for His glory.
· Reminds us that God is near
Romans 5:11 “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. The announcer cries out, “He’s open deep in the corner, the shot goes off at the buzzer and it’s nothing but net once again for Steve Griffith. The greatest shooter wearing gloves of all time!