Description: It was always a custom on Thanksgiving Day to go around the table telling what we were most thankful for that year.
Verse: Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I always enjoyed these moments as a kid growing up and when the role reversed and then I heard my children tell their stories. And now as a grandparent see the stories continue. After everyone leaves after a great meal, I just keep rewinding the day over and over smiling at all their comments that they were thankful for that year.
I remembered in the military where there were times I had to be away, but I always wanted to hear their stories. Hearing their words the most precious things to my ears. No matter how old they get, I still see the little girls that I grew up with. I have come to understand why my dad smiled a lot, but said nothing.
I am most thankful this year for being thankful for one word –love. This was my word for the year. I will admit I don’t say it enough to the ones I love the most, and sometimes when I am upset, I would have been better off, of thinking love in that moment.
We have to realize every moment in this life is valued, and never can be relived or reminded enough to change what we wish we would’ve said or should’ve done that day. I guess that is why all the commercials say that things are — priceless!
I remember my brother telling me several years ago when I was going through a bad season, that there was still lots of people who would trade places with me in my dilemma. I guess I never really appreciated the simple things in life with being content and saying, “Thanks God for today!”
I didn’t add to what I was thankful for, because we could all complain if someone really wanted to listen to our problems. I am certain we would all like to have some adjustments to our lives –but what if it really never changed anything?
I find in these moments to talk to someone else who likes listening to anything that I want to talk about, God my daddy really wants to listen no matter what is going on in my life –and yours too! So as this Thanksgiving week starts another festive season for all– Christmas, remind yourself what you’re really thankful for around you. And when you capture that moment, pause and reflect and tell God thanks for making it all possible.
Yes, there is things that I am hoping and praying for everyday, but I don’t want to be in such a rush that I cannot say thanks to the ones I love and miss the most. But at the end of the day, God loves to smile at me and remind me how precious I am to Him. What a blessing!
Prayer: Lord thanks for all the little things, my wonderful wife, our precious children and our beautiful grandchildren. We are so blessed, and I cannot say thanks no matter what the situation is today. Thanks for all the loving and kind people you have placed around us when our loved ones are growing up and living their lives away from home. We are blessed—Thanks again. Amen