Every family has their own traditions for Thanksgiving. For some, this may be a backyard football game, outdoing one another in dessert, or playing an awkward social game (which I love). For our family it is Thankful Leaves. Each year, we have pre-cut leaves on construction paper. We write down what we are thankful for, collect them, and guess which leaf belongs to which person. Some are sappy. Some are humorous. Some are introspective.
I have a feeling though that this Thanksgiving season might be a little different. It may not be all the same people getting together or doing all of the same things. Our pie selection might be a little less and a fewer number of leaves to guess. However, we have just as much to be thankful for – if not even a little more. It is during the times when things are difficult that we look deeper within to find praises that are more pure and simple. For the home we have and food on the table. For the moments of laughter and new memories. For our families who love us and friends we depend on. For the salvation found in our Lord and his continual provision.
My challenge to you this November is to take each day and look for something that is praiseworthy. Then share your list over Thanksgiving as you give praise to the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34