Thanksgiving this year was one of the most exceptional of my life; no, I did not receive any invitations to join with immediate or extended family, but isn't thankfulness a decision based on reality?
During 2017-18 my older son sacrificed his time from a demanding work schedule to aid his younger brother and myself when we were in dire medical need. He spent six months searching for a vehicle I could afford to purchase. He drives us to visit his younger brother who remains in treatment for health issues. My older son is a cancer survivor. I am able to attend sports games of my youngest granddaughter, and enjoyed treating my adult grandchildren to a lunch and visit. My grandson and his girlfriend made time occasionally to attend church with me, where otherwise Sunday after Sunday I appear to sit alone. Twice recently I have been able to walk through our city park without having leg pain. Before leaving town on a Saturday, Larry Barry's staff repaired a tire on my car, which otherwise would have gone flat and left me stranded on the road.
All of these are gifts from God and answered prayers. Psalms 26:7 "That I may publish with the voice of Thanksgiving, and tell all thy wondrous works. I daily pray to choose that reality."