El Dia de Accion de Gracias.
That’s what my friends in Latin America call our turkey day. I absolutely love the translation: The Day of Action of Thanks.
So often we think thanks, or even think that soon we’ll give thanks. We think the thought as often as we think we’ll get in shape, but the action behind either seems to fall to the wayside. Or perhaps we give thanks for the big 3 (possibly our health, a home, or something else), but then have a hard time thinking of other things to take the action of giving thanks for. So here’s a little something that perhaps will help you and me as we prepare food, eat, clean up, and everything else on Thanksgiving. I’m thinking through how things normally look at my parents’ house on Thanksgiving. Of course, you can adapt this.
- As you thread napkins through the napkin rings, think about our Alpha and Omega, Him who has no beginning nor end.
- As you pull out the fine china, praise God that He can take something as dirty and broken as us frail peeps and turn us into something beautiful.
- May the water or wine goblets be a reminder to drink deep of God’s love and mercy, as well as an opportunity to praise Him for the mercy He has poured out on us this past year.
- Turkey. I’m switching to first person on this one, for I know I can be the biggest turkey of all time, making mistakes left and right.
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men”
~ 1 Corinthians 1:25
God, thank you that you see my many imperfections, my foolishness, and everything else. Yet you love me just the same.
“You are the salt of the earth”
God uses us, His humble vessels, to represent Him and teach His truths to others.
God, thank you for the opportunities you’ve given me this past year to talk to __________ about you or to reflect your love to them. Please continue to give me the boldness and courage to proclaim you to others.
Jesus, thank you that you are my bread of life. You have sustained me, even (especially) on the days I didn’t know if I would make it through. Thank you that through you I truly have everything I need, and forgive me for the many times I lose track of that and think I need/deserve so much more.
A friend helped in an orphanage in Africa several years ago. A young child asked her, “Is it true that kids in America actually get dessert every day?” Tears flooded her face. No, not every child gets dessert here, but most of us could if we wanted to.
God, you teach us to pray for daily bread, yet I frequently have pie and chocolate and sweets with my bread, too. Thank you for your abundant provision.
- As you scrape the dishes clean at the end of the meal, reflect upon Jesus’ sacrifice that removes our filth and grime.
- As you place extra food in containers and then shuffle things around the fridge in an attempt to find a place for everything, thank God for the way He orchestrates our steps and pray for Him to lead and guide you throughout the upcoming year.
- Of course, there’s always the one who falls asleep on the couch (I’m not naming names, okay, Uncle Billy?).
“It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
Psalm 127:2 (NLT)
God, so often I think I’m the one that has to make everything work, to figure out how to stretch my pennies or get the kids everywhere they need to be. Oh, but to be reminded of the way you love me, to remember that you give me rest–even command me to rest in you–and that you give to me, even while I sleep. Lord, even with the chaos and the unknowns, may I rest in you.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to throw in some more.
Happy Thanksgiving and praise be to God!