I have been reflecting on how the world seems to leave Thanksgiving behind, with the manic energy of Halloween skipping right to 24/7 carols about snowmen and reindeer. To counteract this trend, my family and I have been working on thankfulness in the 30 days between Halloween and December 1. We are calling it #thirtydaysofthankfulness and it shows up in a concrete way on our picture window:
Each night at supper, we each take turns saying something new that we are thankful for that day. It doesn’t happen every day, and we put up all the leaves at once so that it felt more like a celebration than a failed obligation. I am hoping that our Thanksgiving Day prayers will be much more full because of this practice, and I have noticed that it is helping to expand my own thinking about naming blessings in the ordinary and every day.
We have also been singing our thanks in the evenings. Depending on your singers, you can have one leader who gathers all of the thanks in advance, or each person can lead their own verse. Here is an example of how to do this:
May your Thanksgiving celebrations be blessed, this year and always.
In Christ, Pastor Breen