A tummy full of turkey
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
I am glad for an annual day for giving thanks to God, just as I need calendar reminders to remember the significant people in my life on their birthdays and remember to celebrate my marriage on its anniversary date.
But why? Why should we need to be reminded to give thanks? I know why I need it. Because I am quicker to complain than rejoice. I am quicker to look to myself for solutions than pray to God. I am quicker to credit myself for good things in my life than see the connection to heaven. I am quicker to feel cheated and envious than blessed and rich in everything that matters.
I need the Word’s encouragement to see and acknowledge the Source of everything good in my life (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). The Word opens my eyes to be aware of the holy angels who protect me, the Spirit who lives in me, the Father who daily forgives me, and the Son who loves me unconditionally.
A tummy full of turkey is only one example of the constant stream of blessings that I enjoy. This Thanksgiving, God will be hearing from me more than usual. But, you know, really every day is a day of thanksgiving.
In today’s society, people correlate Black Friday with Thanksgiving instead of correlating thankfulness with Thanksgiving. People are so ready to go out and do their shopping for either Christmas or for themselves. Sure shopping for others for Christmas is great, but we need to keep Black Friday and Thanksgiving separate.
On Thursday, I received a call from my sister who was in line at a retail store for TV for her son. Am I upset that she helped support the company opening on Thanksgiving night when people should be spending the night with their family? Yes. I am even more upset, though, that she was put in the position in the first place to feel the need that she would only get the deal if she waited in line for four hours.
So now what? I know that black Friday deals extend into the weekend. I would like to encourage those who read this blog post to remember this post while you’re shopping this weekend. I would like to ask you to do what kind do you do for somebody you don’t know. Pay it forward, take someone’s shopping cart back to its corral, let someone go ahead of you in line … There are so many options and you might make someone’s day.
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