Have you ever had anyone offer you their seat at the table?
A gallant gesture so you can join in the meal, take part in the discussion, share the laughter, relive the memories and even make new ones?
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I've contemplated the empty chairs around our family's table throughout the years. Then, I remembered the majority of those whose faces we no longer see gave up their seat at our table to take their seat at the banquet feast in heaven, and in doing so, they have invited someone else to take their seat—not their place. No one can do that.
But in a season of loss, I am thankful for the friends and family God has blessed me with—the living, breathing souls we do life with everyday. Because, together, we weave a legacy that our children will hold onto. Together, we point towards what matters.
So, tomorrow, while the empty seat is a source of sadness, it is also a gesture of hospitality and a reminder to keep our hearts open to love God and love one another.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.