I think hosting Thanksgiving is the most work intense, tiring, hardest meal of the year to pull off! There, I said it! And maybe I said it for all of us who host Thanksgiving year after year! There have been years in the past that I have worked myself into total exhaustion to put together a magical-Martha-Stewart-type-Thanksgiving. So, by the time my family and friends sat down to dinner I wanted to say, “Have a great dinner and remember to clean up after yourselves… I’M GOING TO BED”!
On the podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about DUVETS! How to buy them, what to look for and tricks and tips for using them. The three of us all love them and have lots to share!
Listen to episode 128 below:
Can anyone relate?
Today, I would like to gently and lovingly remind you, and especially ME, of the purpose for Thanksgiving and the attitude that will help us celebrate in the true spirit of the holiday!
The word THANKSGIVING says it all!
ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE; GIVE THANKS TO HIM AND PRAISE HIS NAME. Psalm 100:4
To understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving let’s look at the Hebraic roots of the word.
The word Thanksgiving in Hebrew is yadah. The root of this word yad (yawd). Yad literally means “hand”. And it carries the beautiful idea to throw or to cast. I like to think of giving thanks this was… throwing up our hands and casting our words of praise up to the Lord. Out of the very ends of our uplifted fingertips comes rays of praise and thanksgiving for our great God!
The Pilgrims got it so right. They had suffered almost unspeakable hardship coming to and settling in America. Yet, in 1621 the rag-tag group put together a feast along with local Indians who had befriended them to give thanks to God for the first good harvest! The harvest was the very essence of their survival! And they recognized the Source of their bounty.
I know the real meaning of Thanksgiving gets hidden in parades and big balloon characters and football games and preparations and stuffing all too well. And I’m not trying to be a fun-sucker! But if we really want to celebrate THANKSGIVING don’t you think we need to purpose beforehand? What I mean is… if we sincerely want this to be a day of giving thanks to God we should make a conscious and purposeful effort to MAKE IT A DAY OF THANKS. We need to put God first or Thanksgiving Day will probably be a day filled with eating and family and parades and football and naps.
We can still enjoy family and the Snoopy balloon and football, but we really need to conscientiously carve out time for REAL Thanksgiving!
Here’s my challenge for you today. Would you… you personally… make God the center of your Thanksgiving celebration this year. Let’s not think about how others right at our table celebrate this special day… but would you purpose beforehand to make God the very center of your day in all you do, and say and think and act! Would you give Him thanks all day through close communion with Him and in acts of service and love to those around you?
Spend time with God on Thanksgiving. Thank Him and praise Him for all He is and all He has done for you!
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, WHETHER IN WORD OR DEED, DO IT ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY DEAR FRIENDS!!!!