The Minority

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep”
Rom. 12:15

Thanksgiving through the New Year is a wonderful time for the majority of families. It’s a time of family gathering and enjoying a wonderful meal together at the family dining table. It’s is a time of rejoicing for most of us, sitting around the dinner table or around the TV to watch a move or sport event. It’s a great time.

I am reminded that there is a minority of families where there is a person missing at the table. It may be the first Thanksgiving or the First Christmas that the loved one is no longer sitting in his customary place. The food is just as great but the atmosphere is dimmer because of a loved one who has lost their job, become sick or has gone home to be with the Lord.

I believe it is alright to share our joys and our sadness over the dinner table. Jesus didn’t hide his feelings and thoughts at the Last Passover. He shared them openly with his disciples. Yes, we can remember the good times, but remembering the difficult times allows us to give thanks for the times we have together with family and friends. Don’t ignore the sad times for that is what adds color to our life.

Kingston Tong
November 28, 2021