Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie…
It is almost Turkey Day!
Thanksgiving is a special time for family to see one another and enjoy time together. This year, some families are going to be able to take part in festivities while others are not. COVID has been upsetting for almost everyone, and with the holiday season approaching quickly, it may become even more bothersome. Families who were not able to see each other this spring and summer for holiday gatherings still may not be able to.
For me, I will be able to see some of my extended family members, and others I will not. I have cousins that live in Pennsylvania, and they were planning on coming to Wisconsin this Thanksgiving. However, due to COVID circumstances, they are no longer coming. I have not seen my cousins in over a year, and I am not sure when I will see them again.
Whether you are planning on seeing loved ones this Thanksgiving or not, we need to make sure to take some time this Thanksgiving and reflect on what we have been blessed with.
It is easy to forget what we have been blessed with due to the chaos of life; I know that I do. Taking some time to think about the blessings in my life, these are some prompts that I considered from:
- What are you taking for granted in your life?
- What little luxuries are you grateful for?
- Who has shown you love and care?
- Who do you enjoy spending time with?
- What experiences have you cherished? Who were you with?
- What is your health like?
- What freedoms do you have?
- What talents and unique attributes have you been blessed with?
- What makes you laugh?
- What successes have you experienced and what helped you achieve them?
There are many more prompts that I could provide to help with gratitude reflection which is proof that despite inconveniences and pain that we may experience within our days, there is always something to be grateful for. Trust me, I know this is a lot easier said than done, but it is true. As 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
Let’s begin this season by demonstrating a heart of gratitude to those around us and toward our Father in Heaven.