Hey y’all, Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day. In my family, nothing compares to the glorious Turkey Day. Days have been spent in preparation for the feast of all feasts. We fix pies, dressings, stuffing, casseroles, cakes, cookies, anything and everything. And don’t forget the beloved Bird that keeps the show running. Everyone is running around like (turkeys) with their head chopped off and it’s the actual visual for the word ‘chaos’. Football is background noise compared to the noise of kids running around and conversations among relatives you haven’t seen since the last time this event took place. Next thing you know it you’re about to stuff yourself silly with the fruits of (someone’s) labor and you can’t even begin to think of how amazing tomorrow’s leftovers are gonna be.
That sounds like the traditional American Thanksgiving, but what is it about the fourth Thursday of November that makes us feel extra grateful? How come you can’t have Thanksgiving on July 12th or April 6th or September 24th? (Besides the historical road block that Abe Lincoln decided to make it this time of year), there isn’t really much of a reason that you can’t.
This year, my goal was to thank God for every little thing that happened in my life. Even if it was bad. Maybe I didn’t thank Him then, but when I saw the outcome I thanked Him for letting me walk through it (notice I say walk through it, as in He didn’t let me stay in a bad space). I made it my goal to make a little internal Thanksgiving celebration with just me and my Father sitting at the table.
Thanksgiving can take place anytime you praise God for the smallest, most minuscule things in your life because He’s worthy of even those praises just as much as He is with the big ones.
This is basically how my praises sound:
“We made it here on TIME??! Thank you Jesus!”
“Lord, thank You for letting us make it here safely.”
“Oh thank You Jesus, my pies didn’t burn.”
“Thank You for letting me live in a world where Cyber Monday exists.”
“Thank You, Lord for keeping my sanity.”
…and that was just today.
The challenge is finding something good in everything and everybody, but The Rock that holds it all together deserves a pat on the metaphorical back.
Let’s say grace.
-Father, thank You for this day and every day you’ve allowed us to live. Thank You for waking us up to praise You and celebrate each other. Help us not make it about the food (even though, thanks for that too) but realizing the days we’ve received and to be appreciative of every blessing that we’re granted. Help us to make everyday our Thanksgiving. Let us praise You in every little thing we do and let it be a reflection of You. Thank You, God. You da bomb. Amen.-
So enjoy it. Soak it up. Breathe it in. These are the moments you’re going to want back. Be someone’s family that doesn’t have one. Hug a little tighter, listen a little closer, eat a lot more.
Verses: “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Godʼs will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
1 Chronicles 16:34
Song: “Grateful” by Morgan Harper Nichols from the self titled album (2015)
“Thank You” by Jimmy Needham from the album Vice & Virtue (2015)