“We’re doing Thanksgiving small this year,” she said. “Just the basics.” Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. To my mother, “just the basics” is what most people would consider an eight-course meal. So we spent two days baking, mixing, kneading, cooking, and chopping enough food to stock a small country grocery. The end result was a feast that could send a supermodel to Weight Watchers for the next decade. With the dinner table overflowing with food, I swear you could hear the wood groaning from the weight. After stuffing ourselves on enough to feed us for a week, mom smiles and asks, “Would you like seconds?”
It may seem strange, but that’s how I picture God. He gave me “just the basics”: life, a loving family, cherished friends, all the wonder and beauty of the world, a good life filled with enough sadness to make the joys all that more joyful, and most of all, his unending love. And then, after giving me everything I could possibly want, he offers me seconds. “I’ve given you everything, now how would you like eternal life with me?” But unlike that second helping of turkey and stuffing, I can’t turn down God’s offer of “seconds”, knowing that eternal life will be that much more sweeter than the best life here on earth.
Jennifer, I loved your personal, down to earth approach in your article! Made me hungry! Your comparison was great too with a nice smooth transition. Just as a matter of asthetics, I think it would be easier on the eye if you would double space between your paragraphs. Great job! So good to see you participating in the Challenge! God bless! Donna