Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1 (NIV)
Our world is changing right before our eyes. Thanksgiving 2020 is the optimal time to reflect on thankful thoughts and memories we can share during this holiday season instead of the emotional days behind us.
- To move through the holidays in thankfulness, recognize the good gifts that surround us. We can begin with the breath in our lungs or the bread on our table. In my twenties, all I could afford some days was a tomato sandwich. I can still feel the fresh white bread sticking to the roof of my mouth and the crunch of the salt on the tomatoes. It wasn’t much to brag about, but it seemed like a gift from God.
- To focus on a new happiness, take a slower pace. Let’s escape from past hectic Thanksgivings when our focus was Black Friday, not thankful Thursday. Instead of finding the next exit in a shopping mall, use Thanksgiving weekend to find TV shows that offer a warm fuzzy feeling.
- To learn how to prioritize what cultivates joy. People who surround themselves with joy prepare for the holidays in a more manageable way. Past Thanksgiving preparations caused stress in my life. This year, I’m keeping it simple. If I forget something, I’ll make do.
- To share our thoughts when it’s appropriate. I consider relationships our greatest gifts. It’s a privilege to serve others. Serving can be as simple as checking on a friend. When someone helps you and they’re struggling too, that’s not help; that’s love. God has called us to spread His love. Share a word of encouragement, an inspiring article, or how Christ rescued you in times of trouble.
- To use words carefully. Words matter─ they have the power to change our actions. Avoid the “poor me” attitude and grumbling. Use words that lift us, not crush our spirits. On Thanksgiving and every day use your words to praise the Lord, for he is good.
My heart breaks for those who have endured losses this year. My prayers go with you. In difficult times is when I need the Lord the most to see me through. Right now, He waits with arms open ready to help.
God provided a way for us to be family through Jesus, who delights in restoring us with fresh hope. When we embrace hope in our lives, it gives us more than a handful of reasons for thankfulness.
To encourage another person this Thanksgiving, please share a favorite memory of God’s goodness toward you or a loved one