The last week has been a plethora of activities as we've attempted to close the sale of my father's house, and as I've begun trimming my house for Christmas. I guess the retailers have gotten to me and I'm not sure if the week's activities have been out of the Christmas spirit that I'm sure lies dormant in my belly until I see the first festive display of the season, or if it's out of sheer panic when I think Christmas is a mere month away! Probably a bit of both if the truth be known. But thinking it's probably more of the latter, I decided to start early so that after Thanksgiving I can hopefully focus on the spirit of the season. Plus, I have family coming in and I want it to be festive when they first walk through the door. When you have a two-year-old in the house, the sky is the limit and it's my duty as her nana to make it magical. I even played my Christmas tunes while decorating this week. It was a joyful moment to the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year.
But as every year we seem to start Christmas preparations earlier and earlier (I'm as guilty as the next person), I never want to overshadow Thanksgiving. In many ways, it's my most favorite time of the year because it's more laid back and centers around eating (a favorite pastime of mine), and because it focuses on the many things we have for which to be thankful. I, for one, could begin a list of things I'm thankful for and I'm not sure the list could ever be completed. No, I'm sure it couldn't because every single day that list grows and lengthens. I'll share just of few of the things every person in this nation has to be thankful for (just in case you're trying to think of something).
1. I am thankful for freedom. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a patriot. Where else in the world can you live where you have the freedoms we enjoy? Where can you better chase your dreams and find them? Where can you worship in the church of your choice without persecution? Where can you work hard and be rewarded for your hard work? Where can you choose who your leaders will be and have an active role in the authority of those leaders who govern you and the choices they make? I am thankful for this nation. No, it's not perfect and, yes, we're in a crisis but, if I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times...it's the best of the best.
2. I am thankful for truth. Truth is not hard to find and anyone can be privy to it. The key to finding truth is to truly be seeking it. You can't say that you're looking for truth and put it at the bottom of the totem pole. Seeking truth is the first and foremost thing we should desire and it's shouting to us from the mountaintops if we would but listen. What good is a life that's built on falsehoods?
3. I am thankful for having a friend and for being a friend. I have come to believe as I've grown older that it is entirely possible for anyone to have a friend. But the key to having a friend is to first be one. Do you want a friend? Do you need a friend? Be willing to choose others over yourself, and be a friend first. Friendship is guaranteed.
4. I am thankful for the kind acts of men. Everywhere I turn in this great nation, I see people trying to help others. If you are in a car accident or deathly ill, there is no hospital in this great land who would not take you in. If you are hungry, there are people out there who make it their daily work to find food and pass it on to you. If you don't have a roof over your head, there are shelters out there waiting to give you a warm bed. If you are in trouble, there is someone out there looking for you, not to make more trouble but to help you out of yours.
5. And last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful that we have a holiday that sets aside 24 hours every single year to say thanks for the many blessings we enjoy. Even in the hardest of years (and, believe me, I've had them), there is always something we can be thankful for.
Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied
Come to God's own temple, come
Raise the song of harvest home.
by Henry Alford and George Elvey
Posted by CC
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