One of the biggest holidays of the year is only 2 days away–Thanksgiving! For us this year the actual holiday won’t be any different. We’ll still cook a Turkey, this year though it’ll be smoked and home-raised. Dad, Bradley, and the neighbor will be butchering them later today. How’s that for a FRESH turkey? And the majority of the side dishes such as Green Bean Casserole, Carrots, Pumpkin Pie, and Zucchini Stuffing will be made using the produce from our garden! 😋
What’s different about this year is that we won’t be traveling the day after Thanksgiving to see my Mom’s family. 😞 And I got to thinking as many people across the country are canceling holiday plans Thanksgiving is one holiday that can NEVER be canceled!
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
~1 Thessalonians 5:18
The Bible tells us to give thanks in all things, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the uncertain. James reminds us to have joy while going through trials because “the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:3b-4). A few verses later we’re reminded of where every good gift comes from “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation of shadow due to change” (James 1:17).
“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day”
~Alice Morse Earle
There is a virus and many governing authorities that are vying for us to cancel thanksgiving. But here’s the thing: gratitude and prayer can’t be canceled. They don’t need fanfare, fancy food, or long days spent in the kitchen. They just need perspective. And if 2020’s taught me anything it’s that often times life’s greatest blessings are often overlooked in search of what’s bigger and better. There are SO many things to be thankful for this year…maybe even more than before because we’ve seen just how quickly life can change.
So this year, let’s change Thanksgiving up a bit. Let’s get back to the roots of the holiday! Recognizing the blessings that we’ve been given and Who has gifted us with these blessings! If you can’t be with family this Thanksgiving call them! Don’t let staying home for the holidays mean staying away from those you love. Even if you can’t physically gather together, gather together in spirit!
“Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country…”
~George Washington Thanksgiving Proclamation
New York, 3 October 1789
Until next time,