November 19

Days of Thanksgiving

Perhaps the weather is settling in at last to a more autumn-like cadence of sunny cool days and cold nights. But I am thankful that on the sunny side of buildings, some plants are still green, and some have blossoms. The colder weather is inextricably tied to the fourth Thursday of November when families gather for that festive meal, and for an opportunity to reflect on all the blessings we have received. Unfortunately, it has evolved so that the greater emphasis now seems to be on an opportunity to watch football games, and to be inundated with advertisements of the opportunities to shop until you drop. Maybe that is one thing to be thankful for—that there is this crazy time of celebration.

If your Thanksgiving Day celebration has become too frenetic and loud, may I suggest that you take a different approach. Rather than wait to give all your Thanks only on that day, take time every day this next week leading up to Thanksgiving, to think of one thing for which you are very thankful, and give thanks to God. Take a quiet time, when you do not have to worry about cooking and cleaning the house and making travel arrangements and entertaining guests, so you can concentrate on this, and glory in your relationship with a loving God.

If it works for you this week to ponder a different blessing each day, then next year you might start earlier, and do the same thing every day in the month of November, to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving.

You may have too many blessings for just the month of November—so why not carry that out for the whole year! Every time that you think of God’s blessings, you will have less time to feel stress and anger.

For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies,
Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

"For the Beauty of the Earth"  by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)

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