Beginning early, filled with the aroma and sounds of a crowd stirring, the American holiday of Thanksgiving is a worthy celebration to honor God.
One can smell the gravy as Grandma browns the flour, adds butter, and cooking juices, and declares “This gravy is downright tender! Just taste it!”
More than just Thanksgiving Thursday and the taste of the feast are the memories of people like Grandma, whose holiday cooking started at 3:30 a.m. Grandma and Mom began the baking and basting the all-important browned, juicy, main dish. Centered on a platter set on a lace tablecloth nobody remembered they had, the turkey heralded the gathering of family and much thanks for the year.
Family members swarmed into the house: a colorful collection of people whose blood and marriage ties bound them together with shared histories, experiences, and laughter.
Little George, whose talent– fueled with broccoli and cauliflower–could blow more fish out of the water with his emissions than with a stick of dynamite. He grew up to be a contractor, built houses, and worked outdoors, much to everyone’s relief.
In-laws who showed up only to borrow money or to eat – disappeared from the table as soon as the words “Wash the dishes!” came into the conversation. They were grateful for the free food they didn’t have to cook.
Holidays converted the house from quiet to chaos, with the thundering of little feet and “Petey, stop that right now! Don’t give your gum to the dog!”
Family gatherings showed hands-on love. Into the messy kitchen came the devoted husband whose pledge was that whenever his wife cooked, he would clean the kitchen and the dishes. He saved her from the task that was to her as fun as tax day.
Thanksgiving continued with the sign on the USPO from the rural post mistress that announced, “We will be closed Thanksgiving. Enjoy your pumpkin pie!”
Giving thanks past and present to God is a good fit every day. He deserves our praise and a big “Thank you!” Not just the happy times, but all times. For everything comes from God. Each of our days is a gift from him.
Tuck these words into your heart: “Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Seize an attitude of gratitude – for each day brings blessings. God loves you.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]