In less than a week, most of you will be gathering with friends and/or families to celebrate Thanksgiving and reflect on the blessings of the year. For some, such family gatherings can be stressful due to the unpredictability of family dynamics. Here are a few suggestions to keep the day a positive one.
Have you been wanting to increase your virtue? Focus on your behavior and practice patience, kindness, and humility.
Put the "giving" back into “Thanksgiving”. Invite someone over who would otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving. If you are the guest, give of your time, your talent, or your treasure. Offer to help with the cooking or bring a dish to share. Offer to set the table, bring flowers, wash the dishes, or keep the guests entertained.
Be thankful for each family member. Look at them through the eyes of Christ. Reminisce about all the positive memories that you've shared together and let each one know how special they are to you.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:17
Lord, we thank you for the gift of family and friends. May we always be open to sharing the many gifts and blessings that you have bestowed upon us, as all that we have, and all that we are, is a gift from you to be shared. Bless this food that you have given us in abundance. May it sustain us physically, just as you sustain us spiritually. Continue to bless each one of us and may each act of generosity, service, and love be a testament to our gratitude and bring greater glory to your name. We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pray that all families have a loving and harmonious Thanksgiving. God bless you all!
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Be thankful and giving. Pass it on.