A List Maker's Life: A New Way of Thanksliving

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A New Way of Thanksliving

Thanksgiving has never been on my top 10 holiday list. Pumpkin pie fanatics, hold the phone. I just never understood an entire day dedicated to the celebration of food.  I have been blessed, I know, with so very many things to be thankful for - everyday. But really, how do I make this day different?  How can I teach my children to focus on thankfulness and not just a satisfied belly?

I want to learn to see Thanksgiving like the pilgrims. When they planned their feast a year in advance they were in a critical situation. They didn't know where they would live. If they would survive. Where their provisions would come from. They were trusting that in just a year they would have bountiful blessings for which to give thanks.  The pilgrims looked forward with great expectation to the celebration. Reminds me of the verse we choose for Gavin when we found out we were expecting, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we can not see."
That is how I want to live.  Ever grateful, in all situations  With everyday thanks giving.

Today begins another year of gratitude
in sickness. in health. for richer. for poorer.
come what may.
This will be a year of thanksliving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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4 comments:

  1. Great perspective, Katie. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  2. Love it!!! I also like Happy Giving THanks Day :O) HUGS!

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  3. Look at his cute little grin!

    I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!

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