1 Chronicles 29:13
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
1 Chronicles 16:34
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
November is one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving, but it its also the month in which the Holiday Season starts. I love the family gatherings, and of course, the food is wonderful too! What I really enjoy is hearing what others are grateful for this time of year. More so than ever, it seems that this is when most people hit pause, and really think about how blessed they are.
When I was growing up, one of our family traditions on Thanksgiving Day, was to gather around the piano, for a couple of great gospel songs, the reading of scripture, and prayer. After that, my dad would always ask each person to share what they were thankful for that year. No matter how many people were there for Thanksgiving Dinner, we would patiently listen to each person’s gratitude list. From the youngest to the oldest person in the room, everyone was expected to participate. Although my dad is no longer with us, I am happy to say, that the family tradition that he started over sixty years ago, still lives on.
If you have small children please encourage them to share what they are thankful for. You will be surprised to know what’s tucked away in their little hearts. In doing this, you and your family will be reminded of just how blessed that you really are, and how grateful you are to have each other.