Someone asked me earlier this week how it is possible to celebrate Thanksgiving without turkey.
I gave up eating meat nearly two years ago…so not eating a turkey on Thanksgiving is not a problem for me…but the question itself made me stop and think.
Why do we (Americans) celebrate Thanksgiving?
Do we celebrate Thanksgiving so we can over eat, nap and watch football? Maybe.
Do we celebrate Thanksgiving so we can wrestle our fellow americans for a TV that is marked 50% off? Maybe.
Do we celebrate Thanksgiving so we can enjoy a 4 day weekend? Maybe.
Without digressing into a story about Europeans landing on foreign soil that they would infest with disease and eventually dominate and destroy…I would like to consider what Thanksgiving could be…if we as americans could turn a few of our priorities around and focus on the good in ourselves and each other rather than the external things that we surround ourselves with.
Maybe if more people looked across the table at their family member and sought the things that make that person good and kind…instead of focusing on our disagreements.
Maybe each of us could take a minute to think of those who don’t have family members to share a meal with. And realize how fortunate we are to be in a house full of love and goodness.
Maybe we could extend an olive branch to the individuals that we have shut out of our lives.
Maybe we could spend time talking about the Grace our God freely gives and the forgiveness we are granted…even when we don’t deserve it.
Gratitude is an easy thing to forget…We often take our lives, our family and our friends for granted…
Lets all take a minute to say thank you…
to our family,
to our friends,
to a total stranger,
to our God
for our family,
for our friends
for the strangers that surround us,
for our God
Happy (American) Thanksgiving everyone…may we all find a reason to be grateful everyday.