This week is a special. In America we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, for a lot of people, means family, friends, community, and a time to remember what we are thankful for. We can be caught up in the prep and planning for the dinner or in the tradition of football and parades that we forget why we celebrate at all. I was in class this past week and our guest lecturer ended our meeting with prayer. It was in this prayer that I was reminded of what Thanksgiving should really be about.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be about, you guessed it, giving thanks. It is a time when we are reminded of all that we have. Recently those reminders haven’t been remembered as black Friday deals encroach into Thursday. Though, even when the reminders are acknowledged the thanks is for what we have. We have food, we have family, we have a nice life, we have safety, even when life is a struggle things are better than they could be. Instead of being thankful for the things we own or being excited to go shopping for more what if we were thankful for something different.
The prayer in class reminded me that we should be thankful to the One who gave us our blessings. We have many luxuries and because of that it is so easy to forget the one who allows us those luxuries. In this holiday, and in the coming holiday season, put more value in the things that last. Be thankful for the community you have, be thankful for the security in your life, but most importantly be thankful to the God who has blessed you so greatly.