Mmmm. Can you smell Thanksgiving dinner yet? Can you hear the doorbell ringing, announcing the arrival of your family who traveled through busy airports and highways to be with you on this wonderful holiday? You can barely hear the football game over the din of the excited voices exclaiming how big so-and-so is getting, long hugs, “Oh my, you look great!”, the cluttering of baggage in the entry way.
I do so much love Thanksgiving. I love homecomings. I love the smiles on loved one’s faces. I love catching up with those I’ve not seen for a while. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to share all the stories, but we try.
When we finally get down to the business of eating that wonderful Thanksgiving feast together, there is still that friendly noise of conversation. Delicious dishes are passed around the table and for a little while there is a silence, when everyone’s mouth is full. As the meal winds down (and the wind is out of our appetite’s sails) the silence at the table is becoming steady. Thoughts of thankfulness are being collected.
We have a tradition at our family table; we take turns around the table giving a word of thanks. Some are simple, some profound. Some are for a special person at the table, some for that “Very Special Person” who is at every meal. It is always touching, fun, and, of course, an emotional time together. It’s an opportunity to say the things that oftentimes go unsaid. Then it gets hard; we go around again.
You know, it’s really good to give thanks. It’s good to remind yourself of God’s blessings. It’s good for others to hear what God has done in your life. It’s good because God is good. All the time.
“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Message)
And of course, remember whom to thank:
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” Philippians 1:3 (New Living Translation)
Yes, I thank God for you.