Today I am thankful for the tradition of Thanksgiving and how it breaks families and friends together despite our hectic, too busy lifestyles and our differences that somehow seem to not matter as much when you're sharing a good meal.
While I admit that preparing to host or travel can be stressful, coming together is very much worth the extra efforts. The opportunity to make a sacrifice of person time in exchange for the ability to serve/host/visit is a gift in itself.
Some of the things I love about Thanksgiving include the extra effort put in to creating a delicious meal, the smells coming from the kitchen and from the plates that arrive, the camaraderie & banter during preparation, the mixture of chairs at the table, an occasion that beckons the china to be put to use, an occasion that causes the heart to take inventory of all the blessings we have, the commotion that comes from having almost a dozen kids in the house at once--along with the cacophony of voices sharing stories from the previous years.
A noisy house sings of life, of energy, of emotion.
And then there's the peace--right before the blessing is uttered. Right before we dive in to the feast that most of the world won't experience.
We are blessed beyond what we deserve.
Thanksgiving Day in America is a day of abundance.
And as we take part in a grand harvest, I think about the stewardship we are granted. As we receive, we must also give. We give praise, but we can also offer love, time and resources to God's people that He puts in our lives--even the ones we pass on the streets in scruffy, alcohol-saturated dressings.
Everyday we should honor Christ with thanksgiving. I pray that I can remember this with more than thought, but with actions that include thanks & giving.