Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? Me, too. I remember those who do not have food on their tables. The awareness of this fact encourages me to be thankful for the abundance of food, family, and friends God has given me. For most of us, we anticipate the bounty of traditional holiday delights; we long for our taste buds to be satisfied and our tummies to be pleasantly full. I am excited about my seasonal favorites; maybe they are yours, too: moist turkey, savory stuffing, tangy cranberry sauce, rich green bean casserole, and even the slippery red jello with whipped cream. Don’t forget mom’s homemade pumpkin and pecan pies—oh yeah, and the ice cream. I am thankful for the blessing of good food, remembering holiday traditions, time with family members, making new memories, and functional taste buds.
Aside from the planning, purchasing, and preparation of the Thanksgiving meal, it helps to do a little homework on the intentional side of helping our family members feel welcome and connected to others they might not spend time with but a few times each year. I found this wonderful activity on Pinterest. I am planning to use it with our own family’s Thanksgiving.
Today, I am celebrating another one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions: “Pie and Praise” with the women at The Mission at Kern County. We will be sharing pumpkin pie and purposely find things for which we will thank God. I am excited to share the Thanksgiving conversation cards with the ladies and resource them to do the same thing with their own families. What about you? Are you satisfied with the reading on your “thankfulness meter”? Are you thirsty for thankfulness?
Let’s thank God for His many blessings. Please speak Psalm 95:1–2 over your life and holiday now:
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”
Father, thank you for all you have done for us. Lord, we sing for joy to you. We shout aloud to you, the Rock of our salvation. Thank you that we can come into your presence with thanksgiving and worship you with music and song. In Jesus’ name, amen.