It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving. For many of us, that means the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie are all gone. Most likely, the family and friends who visited are gone as well. And, if we’re not careful, our attention to giving thanks to God will slip out the door, too.
While Thanksgiving was declared a National Holiday by Abraham Lincoln during the middle of the Civil War in 1863, God declared every day as a time to give Him thanks. But, how do we maintain that practice? There are no specific recipes to follow, but I am trying to be intentional about finding at least one very specific thing each day for which I can give God my thanks.
As I go for nearly daily walks with my older daughter, I always ask her to identify one thing for which she’s thankful. It might be as simple as the sunshine, blue sky, birds chirping, flowers in bloom, or leaves turning colors. I, in turn, am often thankful for a flexible schedule that allows me to be home to walk with her, or the physical health to keep up! There are many other gifts from His hand that I frequently take for granted (food, clothes, a roof over my head, etc.) for which I’m attempting to express my gratitude.
How about you? What can you do each day to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive in your world? –Dave
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