I love Thanksgiving Day. There is food, family, and friendships to enjoy, and the reminder that the celebration of our Lord’s birth is near. There are also precious traditions we have developed over the years.
One year when my children were small, we took turns going around the table saying what we were thankful for, not repeated anything already mentioned. To my delight, this exercise went on and on, for several rounds. At first the usual things were mentioned, Jesus, family, home, and friends. After a few rounds more unusual things were mentioned like concrete, stop lights, and dinosaurs. Not to be out done, each child continued to think of other things to be thankful for, such as sharks and plastic bags. The game eventually became so silly our family shared wonder laughter and experienced true gratitude for the simple things in life.
What’s special to me is that my children want to repeat this thanks game every year. A few days ago I caught my daughter preparing for this year’s game with a list. As I wonder what unusual items my children will mention this year I feel truly blessed that they want to express their thankfulness.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
May you experience the rich blessings of this Thanksgiving Day.
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