“What’s thanksgiving mummy?”

“It’s giving thanks.” I said not paying attention to him.The Bird - 2007

“This big chicken for thanksgiving?”

“Yes. Roasted turkey and baked potatoes.

“Who are we thanking? With a big turkey.”

“We are thanking God for all He’s been doing in our family. We will have roasted turkey and baked for potatoes for dinner tomorrow.”

“Wow! God is coming to have the turkey with us for dinner! I have never seen him before. Will this place contain Him?” He showed excitement.

Now this got me and I had to pause, pay attention to him and think. He had actually been very quiet since he saw me spicing the huge 13lb turkey. Being a child who can’t stand killing or chopping any animals I deliberately keep him away from the kitchen when I have to prepare meat but I took a long time spicing this turkey and he could not help wondering what was going on.

In his innocence he concluded that if it’s thanksgiving to God for all He has done for us then God must be coming for dinner because we cannot thank Him in His absence!

This is the way it should be between us and God and not just about the turkey and mashed potatoes. I encourage you not to be carried away with the festivity of the season rather let the essence of it be the reason you will do whatever you want to do.

Let it be a time set aside to return praise to God for all He has done and to appreciate and share love with family members. The good and the seemingly bad…afterall the bible says in all things give thanks to Him.

This means that it is a time to reflect and express. We are more often concern about the beautiful clothes, the foods, the gifts, the planned visitations and other planned celebrations. These things are not wrong in themselves. But we express more often in ignorance. Many of us do not even reflect at all. The little things God did for us throughout the year and those family members who would give anything to see us succeed.

David in Psalm 103:2-5 says; Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

I encourage you, when you thank Him this season don’t just say “I thank you for my family” or “I thank you for what you did in January” and the rest of the months, take some time and be specific. Say “Lord I thank you for that $2000 debts you helped me pay in January”, “I praise you for a successful surgery in February”. “I thank you for giving my children academic excellence in March”. “I thank you for healing my husband from that Fever in April”. “Lord in May I was so broke, and it seem like help wouldn’t come but you sent a client, thank you for that opportunity”.

The song writer says count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

We can easily forget and sometimes we see these as nothing. Deuteronomy 6:12, “be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

As you dine and wine this season, not trying to impress God or anyone remember that some do not have to eat, some do not have clothes on their backs, some have no spouse, no families to call their own, no strength to dance, no hope for tomorrow. But not so with you… be truly grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving

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