I hope you and yours have a very special day planned tomorrow! If not, plan it now. No, you don’t have to go somewhere or even have the traditional Thanksgiving meal. What I’m talking about is being thankful!
Every year, my family will gather around a Thanksgiving meal and read aloud things that we are thankful for. We try to do at least 10 each. We stop at 10 each only so we can get to other fun things together.
I usually print out little slips that read like this:
I am thankful for _________________________________________________________.
These all go in a jar or bowl and we pass them around so each one of us can pull out one at a time to read aloud. We don’t sign the slips because part of our fun is guessing who wrote which one. Of course some are easier to figure out than others. For example, we know “I am thankful for deer season” comes from Dad!
You know we cover all the obvious things like family and friends and certain material things. We all feel compelled to list “salvation” as our top item that we are thankful. (That is definitely something for which I am thankful!) But usually there is something each year that just floors us. Invariably, someone will write a deep note about one thing they are thankful that takes us all by surprise. I just love those moments!
So if you are looking for a tradition to start for Thanksgiving, give the “I’m thankful for” idea a try. You just might be surprise at what you hear!
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers” I Thessalonians 1:2