Empty Places


Many families will have an empty place at their Thanksgiving table. In fact, there will be an empty place at our Thanksgiving table this year. It will bring a bit of sorrow to the day, because one very special person will be absent, miles away in another state.

While we are in these special days of thanks giving, I remember our best friend of many years, Marvin. There are no words that can express his undying loyalty to us over the years. He was there for us in good times and in not-so-good times, always present to listen, to understand, and to offer a calm word.

More like a brother than a friend, he is definitely a part of our family. Now that we are far apart, we have to rely on electronic communication to stay in touch. It just doesn’t work. The close friendship that we enjoyed doesn’t translate well in a text message.

Fortunately, he has been here to visit. But Thanksgiving will just not be the same without him around our table. Time moves on and circumstances change. Friends move away, bringing empty places in the heart and at the table.

But my heart, at least, is full of fond memories and good times with Marvin. Not even distance can take that away. Thanks, Marvin. You are the best of friends, a friend of the heart.

“For all that has been, thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!”

― Dag Hammarskjöld

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