Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

pie. Happy Thanksgiving 2015
We are in the States for the holidays for the first time in 14 years.  We feel joy to be with family for Thanksgiving - mixed with the pain of being away from friends and our "adopted family" and home in Russia.  

The joy can't be separated from the pain - we embrace them together, knowing that love in a fallen world brings both.

 
And we are thankful this Thanksgiving, so very thankful...

...for the love of family and the joy that we are able to be with them for Thanksgiving...

...for the love for our friends and "family" in Russia and other places around the world, 

...yes, even thankful for the pain of being apart from them because it bears witness to the love...

...and for the love of God - who loves us all so much that He embraced - and embraces - the joy and pain of loving us.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

To our American friends who celebrate Thanksgiving on this day, and to all our friends who celebrate on other days and give thanks in other ways  - 
  
Happy Thanksgiving!

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