Adjective: Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
Synonyms: thankful – appreciative – beholden
This time of year causes us to consider the more general and global things we’re thankful for. But here are some ideas to shake up our thoughts about this celebration we call Thanksgiving – ways we can be grateful in the small, mundane tasks of life. So when you’re tempted to get grumpy, read on, and….
…let’s really Give Thanks this week!
- In spite of all it involves: traveling, packing, shopping, cleaning, cooking…..be grateful for our ability to freely celebrate with family and friends, to freely call this day one of Thanksgiving to God.
- Be thankful for those tiring grocery trips to gather the turkey, sweet potatoes, veggies, and all the food for the weekend. In years past, we would have spent the last five months feeding, cleaning, and bringing water to those birds, only to have to slaughter and pluck them! And then there would be the digging up of those sweets, the weeding of veggies (all summer long)! Oh, it does sound so quaint doesn’t it?! Believe me, it’s hard work – we’ve done it!
- Be grateful for our husbands, even though they may be too busy to help us prepare for the feast and visitors, stop to remember how hard they work to provide for us. (We’re easily tempted to get just a little bitter as they doze off or get sidetracked while we do all the preparations!)
- Be thankful for our home and all it’s disorder that we must clean and organize to prepare for our guests. We might have nothing to clean and no belongings to organize, like so many less fortunate families in this world.
- Be thankful for our cars
(gas cost included!)(and our now low gas prices!) because we could be traveling by horse and carriage, with the wind creeping through the tarps on the windows and suffering through the discomfort and jolting of wooden wheels on rock strewn roads. Hmmm….suddenly our trip sounds more appealing!
- Be grateful for our noisy, mess-making children (who are also tired from all the work or from trying to be patient while we work) who get in our way when we’re trying to make our meal plan and write our grocery list and dust and vacuum and cook and….because it won’t be long before our homes will be empty and those children will have their own children making noise and messes. But wait, there’s more! Our children’s children will make messes and noise again in our homes when they….um, let me guess…..when they come to visit us for Thanksgiving!
So there we go! So many reasons and such blessings abound if we will only look long enough and close enough to see them. Family, friends, food, fun – all gifts from the Father above. We have much for which to Be Grateful!
“And from them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry……” Jeremiah 30:19