This is a repost from last year at this time...I thought it was a good reminder for us all!
What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Turkey and all the trimmings? A day off work? A time for family and friends to gather around the table? Black Friday shopping? Christmas music starts to play non-stop on all the radio stations? These things all come to my mind, but this year I want it to be MORE. I want to really celebrate Thanksgiving as its own day set apart from the other things that we may associate with it. I want to make it a celebration of gratitude. I found a definition of gratitude on line that really got me thinking:
GRATITUDE: The state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; kindness awakened by a favor received; thankfulness.
Did you notice words benefactor and favor received? The celebration of Thanksgiving is a reflection of our gratefulness of all the Savior has done for us. He is our benefactor and the favor we have received is the gift of eternal life that He offers to us! How could we not want to celebrate this day in its completenes? Not a hurried meal with our family so we can move on to the next event. Not spending all day planning our shopping trip the next morning. But being Thankful to the One who is our giver of life. Showing our children what true thankfulness means...honoring Him for His kindness to us. Don't pass by the day that has been set aside for us to say Thank You to our Creator!
I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— Isaiah 63:7a
THIS is what I am thankful for this year...
My babies last year...I've got new pics
coming later this week!