This morning I awoke with the realization that the holidays are here. And not just in the stores–they don’t count since they began before Halloween; Our home is decked out for Christmas with a bit of Thanksgiving strewn about. We aren’t gathering around our table this year so I could do this, but it is a first for me. I always guard Thanksgiving refusing to let Christmas and Halloween squeeze it off the calendar.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
Of course Christmas and Easter are favorites too. What we celebrate on those days changed my life forever.
But Thanksgiving is a time for our family to pause and thank God for all the other days, the ordinary and difficult days. The happy days and days worth journaling. The days when God’s nearness is felt and those when He seems faraway.
Thanksgiving allows us to pause in the midst of the busyness to give thanks to the One who holds all things together.
This year more than ever, our family has been aware of this Truth. But God! He has been our help in time of need. He has been our Great Shepherd leading and guiding us through dark valleys. And He has shown us that unexplainable peace is possible.
As much as Thanksgiving has always been a huge family celebration for us, I realize more than ever how my thanksgiving to God is a personal, one-on-one, celebration. He knows me. He helps me. He gives me strength to do what I can’t on my own, and He celebrates the progress I make in trusting Him.
Our whole family won’t gather this year, and normally this would tempt me to think Thanksgiving is less than it should be, But God!
I realize that Thanksgiving is a daily, hourly, even minute by minute celebration of my relationship with the Author and Finisher of my faith. He is good and holy. To know Him is to love Him.
May gratefulness abound at your table this week no matter who is absent.
Spiritual Intimacy Prompt: Set aside time this week to talk about what you love most about Thanksgiving and what you don’t like as much. Pray for each other and ask for God to show you His perspective on this season.
Date Night Prompt: Check Out our Romantic Thanksgiving Ideas under the Only Wives and Only Husbands tab on the menu bar above.