We’re coming up on Thanksgiving here in America, a day set aside each year to give thanks to God for all of His blessings in our lives and to our Nation. Every year as we approach this big day I sit back in amazement at how this, out of all of the holidays of the year, is still my favorite.
So why should that amaze me?
Well that’s a fair question of course and the answer goes back fifty years or so…
I remember one time when I was just a young boy; it was Thanksgiving time and as was usually the case, my grandmother was staying with us for the holiday. We were both in the living room of the house and she said rather quietly, “I love Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday.”
I doubt that she intended for me to hear this, she was probably just thinking out loud, but I did hear it, and to my 8 or 9-year-old mind, it was just crazy. “Your favorite is Thanksgiving; you don’t get presents for Thanksgiving! Christmas is way better!”
Ah, to be young again…
Of course so many years have passed since then. It took me a while, but I totally get where she was coming from now- actually I began to understand the first year I had children of my own who were old enough to get into the whole Christmas hype. Funny, I never saw that particular hype before I was the one hearing about everything they wanted, had to have, couldn’t possibly live without.
Christmas wasn’t much fun after that- it was more of an obligation, a chore, a financial peril to be planned for, bills to be paid.
Thanksgiving isn’t like that. It is a time to reflect, to be thankful, to enjoy loving relationships, and even to relax a bit. Oh, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some planning that goes into it; of course there is the big turkey dinner. Yes it takes a little planning, yes it takes a little work, and yes, I am the one who has to do all of that in our house; but that’s OK because it’s a labor of love.
I’m looking forward to it.
I hope that this Thanksgiving is a blessing to you this year, and even if you aren’t here in America, I hope you’ll take a minute and reflect on all you have to be thankful for because if you do, it will be a blessing to you as well, for our God blesses us each and every day in ways we might not even notice unless we reflect for a bit…
Happy Thanksgiving America, and happy giving thanks world, our God has done great things for all of us!