No Empty Chairs
By Julie Coulter Bellon
Today we will all be gathered around our Thanksgiving table, laden with a turkey feast, as we enjoy our family and close friends. I love the symbolism of a table to gather around, the chairs filled with those we love. It seems easier to count my blessings when I am in that setting.
I am so grateful that all the chairs at my table are filled, but today I will be thinking of those who may have an empty chair this year.
I am grateful that doctors were able to care for my family so that there are no empty chairs at my table, but today I will be thinking of those who may have lost a loved one and have an empty chair.
I am grateful to live in America, but today I will be thinking of those who have an empty chair at their table because they have a loved one fighting in faraway lands for America.
I am grateful to have family and friends who forgive, love and support me even when we argue and have a falling out, but today I will be thinking of those who may have an empty chair because they have been hurt or have hurt someone and pray they will be able to find forgiveness and peace.
I am grateful to even have a chair, a roof over my head, running water, indoor plumbing, a soft bed to sleep in, and plenty of food to eat, but today I will be thinking of those who are less fortunate and won’t be sitting down at a table filled with food today.
I am grateful for my knowledge of my Savior, of His mission on earth, the Plan of Salvation and the restored gospel, but today I will be thinking of those who don’t have that knowledge and peace in their lives and how much Jesus loves all of us and wants no empty chairs at His table.
The hope is that someday we will all join with Him once again in heaven to partake of the feast that Heavenly Father has prepared for every one of His children. It is His work and His glory to bring to pass the immortality of man. To me, that means, no empty chairs and what an opportunity we have here on earth to share in that and how much work there is still to be done.
So today I am giving thanks for the blessings I have, which include all of you, and hoping that someday, there will be no empty chairs anywhere.