I saw a post today from one of Trey’s friends to his mother that said “On the way home.” I know how excited she is to have her son home for the Thanksgiving holidays. I just had lunch with three college kids that are glad to be home for Thanksgiving. Family time is important.
This year will be the first to have Thanksgiving at the Erwin home. I’m not sure how it came about because we always celebrate the holidays at my sister’s house. Last weekend, I was actually in a panic because of the thought that the Martha Stewart was not going to show up at my door, cook a turkey, and arrange beautiful decorations on each table. This thought literally put me in bed and made my head hurt. Seriously.
As I sat at lunch today with Trey’s friends, it was good to laugh, say his name, and dream of their futures with them. Yes Madison, he is laughing at you for getting Bieber tickets. I continued to think of how they would be sitting around each of their respective tables, but their friend, my Trey, would not be at my Thanksgiving table. There are MANY children that will not be at the Thanksgiving table this year. For some, it’s their first year, but I can tell you that it can be the first or fourth, the feelings are the same.
I asked special friends to begin pray for me because I know it will be an emotional time. A friend had an idea that maybe I could put a place setting for Trey at the Thanksgiving table just as a reminder that he is and will always be with us. But the phrase “On the way home” has been stuck in my head. As we feast on turkey, ham, etc., my Trey will be feasting with angels, Jesus, Noah, Moses, Adam, Paul, Job, both this grandfathers, his Uncle Barry, and so many more. I think I’m the one at the wrong table. What a feast he experiences EACH DAY!
I remember the last thing I said to him as I laid next to him in his St. Jude bed. “Run to Jesus buddy, run to Jesus.” I heard Trey today. That is rare. He hasn’t traveled far from me and he said, “Mom, I AM home.”
I don’t think I’ll need that place setting at the table. He made it home.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33