It’s the week of Thanksgiving! One of my favorite times of the year. It feels like each year the world wants us to rush past this week. Halloween gives way straight to Christmas. But I find myself wanting to hold back the rush and just savor this week. To me it is a time of reflection of the blessings God has bestowed on me. It is a time to gather family together and enjoy good food and good conversations. To connect. To be present. No need to rush around. Just time to engage right where we are. Yes there is lots of cooking to do but we can do it together and sing and talk as we go along. We keep the menu the same every year. We know what to expect and we know it will all turn out okay.
I have been pondering the question, “Do you consider yourself a grateful person?”
I want the answer to be “yes!” But is it true? Am I grateful for this life that I am living filled with complexity and uncertainty and pain? Can I find the blessings that come through all of this? I am trying to. My relationship with God has grown so much the past two years! And really isn’t that what is most important? I’m learning to connect with others on a much deeper level and I am starting to find the beginnings of community that I have been longing for.
I have returned to my Gratitude Journal and am determining to write in it each night before going to bed. I thought I would look back over the 1000 Gifts challenge that I documented here over the years and am floored by the fact that its been 11 years since I began working on this from Ann Voskamp’s challenge. Here is a link to my first post on it!
I encourage you to hit pause on the anticipation of Christmas and all the lists of things that need to be done to prepare for it. There will be time enough. For now reflect on God’s blessings and those around you and love them well.
Resources for Thanksgiving:
We put up our Thanksgiving Tree and have been adding leaves to it.
Here is a link to our traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!