Variations on a Thanksgiving theme

Not one of the more attractive animals out there.

Not one of the more attractive animals out there.

Family is one of the things Thanksgiving is all about, and it’s so nice to have family members all together. Why is it also nice to have them all go? Because we’re not used to having so many people around, and there are times when you just want to have your house back. It’s not normal having all these people around, and in our case, having all these dogs around.

Anne stayed for a couple days this weekend and brought her dog, Malley, with her — the one she rescued from a dumpster in Puerto Rico. Malley is over a year old now, and though she still behaves sometimes like a very large puppy, she is mellowing into a very fine dog for Anne. Everybody loves her except for our four Chihuahuas, who are a little overwhelmed by her size and her rambunctiousness. All four of our dogs don’t make up one Malley. It’s quite a scene watching her trying to make friends with our Chihuahuas, being as submissive as she possibly can, but that is somewhat limited by her size. Our dogs don’t get that she is groveling as low as she possibly can go, because her size still overwhelms them. They don’t get that she is groveling; they only get that she is BIG.

That’s why our four little dogs were so happy to see Anne and Malley (mostly Malley) go, because that meant they could have their house back.

“Be sure and bring in that extra food off the porch,” Marti said as I was fixing to do some picking up around the house. Anne had left some of Malley’s dry food out near the garage.

“It’s no problem,” I replied, thinking she wanted to keep Malley’s food away from our dogs. “The gate is closed; our dogs can’t get to it.”

“But all the forest critters can,” she said, referring to the skunks, raccoons and possums we have in abundance around our property. “In fact, why don’t you just toss it out in the ivy for them.”

“Why would I do that? It would only attract them.”

“Well, they’ve got to have a Thanksgiving too!”

Wow, that’s the last thing I would have thought of — giving the “forest critters” around our property a Thanksgiving to remember.

Hopefully, all of you had a Thanksgiving to remember, and found that God’s grace was sufficient to cover all our sin and dysfunction. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). That doesn’t mean it buries our sins, or acts as if they aren’t there. We all are sinners; we all know that. We all let each other down. We all hurt each other and act like skunks and possums sometimes (have you ever seen anything more ugly than a possum?), but love allows us to overlook those things. We know God has covered our sin; in the same way, He has covered everyone else’s sin as well. It’s the only way we can be truly thankful for each other.

Oh God, in my sin, I am as ugly as a possum, as smelly as a skunk, as devious as a raccoon. How can you possibly love me? Yet you do. Thank you. Make me less like these and more like you.

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One Response to Variations on a Thanksgiving theme

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Like to add a big Amen to this truth for me: “Oh God, in my sin, I am as ugly as a possum, as smelly as a skunk, as devious as a raccoon. How can you possibly love me? Yet you do. Thank you. Make me less like these and more like you.”

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