Yes, November is a Symbol of Gratitude & My Birthday Month.
Actually today is my birthday and I can not help but reflect on my life and all the blessings and joy I have experienced.
As many of you know, I had Pancreatic Cancer and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ brought me through all the months and months of chemo and radiation, plus a 12 hour Whipple Surgery to this wonderful point in my life today.
I am truly Blessed as I celebrate yet another birthday.
Some people think of November as cold, dull and dreary, whereas I love the Fall and the Autumn season as I believe it extends right up to Thanksgiving.
It is true that in the Midwest where I am originally from, November is a time when the evenings cool down a bit, the beautiful birds are departing for warmer climates and the tree limbs are shedding their leaves with each windy day.
Perhaps those few remaining flowers in the flower garden are no longer standing proud and tall, but are rather yellow-ish stalks sprawling in all directions on a wet carpet of leaves.
However, there are also calm and beautiful days with yellow, orange and crimson sunsets.
November is a time when the wheat, corn and milo have been harvested, and families sit down together to be thankful.
Perhaps it is because it is my birth month, but I try to look at November as a symbol of the year coming to a close and a time of reflection on what we have learned throughout the past 10 months.
A renewal of sorts.
Yes, there are chilly, frosty and sometimes foggy mornings due to the changing weather patterns.
But I love watching the bright red cardinals at the feeders and the scampering squirrels as they search for nuts to hide for the coming Winter.
I like to walk among the leaves as they rustle under my feet.
I like to see the homes with fireplaces, and watch as the curls of smoke drift up from the chimney and into the clear blue skies.
And I like to smell the aroma of comfort foods simmering on the stove or pumpkin and apple pies cooling on the counter as a turkey roasts in the oven.
The month of November is a symbol of gratitude.
For hundreds of years, people have celebrated the end of the harvests in November and gathered with loved ones to count their blessings.
And that is what I do too!
No matter what the world of today is going through and it is certainly bad; we have to remember that God is in control and to Him 1000 years is like a day so we must not be impatient.
Psalm 37:7. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
We must pray for everyone and for everything.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
I hope you reflect on your many Blessings as you gather with your family this November.
I am thankful that I am here for yet another birthday and that I have such a loving family and friends.
I am thankful for you and wish you a wonderful end of harvest time.
I wish you an abundant November filled with fun and laughter and Thanksgiving.
Hugs and Blessings.