A Thankful Heart

 

 

Well, Halloween is behind us and to be frank, I could take it or leave it.  Halloween, I could do without.  I know that for many, it’s their favorite holiday but it just isn’t my thing.

It always takes me by surprise how quickly retailers switch from Halloween into Christmas mode.  Their little retail elves clear the shelves on Halloween night and string up the Christmas decorations for the very next day.  Now, I do love Christmas.  I enjoy getting and giving gifts, caroling, baking, decorating the tree and all the other trimmings that come with the holiday but I do find a lot of stress associated with Christmas too.

Okay, you’re thinking, “she’s not into Halloween and Christmas stresses her out – what a Debbie Downer!”  As I wrote the words above, I thought the same thing.  But before you write me off as a total Holiday Humbug, let me tell you what is my favorite holiday.

Thanksgiving.  Remember Thanksgiving?  The holiday between Halloween and Christmas?  The one with no dressing up, no sexy vampires, no decorating mania, no lengthy gift lists or gift-giving?  Yeah, that’s the one.  The things about Thanksgiving that make it low key are the very things that I like so much.

I love the simplicity of the day – gathering with family and friends, sharing in a bountiful meal, taking the time to enjoy a board game, a long conversation and a walk around the neighborhood.

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One of the traditions that we share every year is reading Scriptures associated with thankfulness.  It’s great to be thankful, but it’s even better to be reminded of who we are thankful to.  As a family based on a faith in Jesus, it is to him we give our thanks.  We give thanks for the people in our lives, for the things we are given but most of all we give thanks because HE is good.  That is the core of our thankfulness.  When our health fails, when the money is tight, when our friends betray us, when loved ones are gone – His mercy endures.

This year, I’m taking the time before I leap into the madness of Christmas, to savor Thanksgiving and all that means.

 

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Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34