A Full Table

Last night we sat at a full table.
Full of delicious food and fancy wines.
Full of jokes and laughter.
Full of stories.

Stories of travels across Europe I was able to do this year.
Stories of war and survival, of courage and human connection in dire circumstances.
Stories of hope throughout history.
Stories of dreams for the future that students, colleagues and friends have shared with me.
Stories of struggles and big questions as they allowed me a glimpse into their lives and hearts.
Stories of growing up and discovering how beautifully complex this world is.

Being on the road and walking alongside so many people this year has been a huge privilege.
Being a witness to their stories, thoughts and dreams has been an immeasurable gift I’ll treasure for the months and years to come.

Last night we sat at a table full of gratitude.
Happy Friendsgiving.


Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

13 thoughts on “A Full Table”

  1. There is no Thanksgiving table,
    there is no enticing feast;
    I am living out the fable
    of the Man who faced the Beast.
    Why God set me in this story
    I can neither know nor care,
    save that it is for His glory,
    and it’s what I have to bear.
    Cancer’s demons seek to slay me,
    seek to stain each moment’s grace,
    seek to make my words betray Thee,
    Lord, and curse Thee to Thy Face.
    I will die; I cannot win,
    but I’ll bloody not give in.

    1. Thank you! I am not American either, but a couple of years I started to invite German friends over and introduce this tradition – and they’ve been asking for it every year since then! Maybe give it a try in your home country?

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