Thanks for giving

Though in some places it looks due to the snow more like tomorrow’s Christmas, it’s actually Thanksgiving. The weather report says that a winter storm will target the East coast. Flights might get canceled or delayed and even people who will head home by car might need even more time than usually. But it’s worth all the travel.

What Christmas and Thanksgiving have in common is the family time. Both holidays are spent with the loved ones. Historically, Thanksgiving has been a celebration of the blessings of the year, including the harvest. People thanked God that they had something to eat. This was nothing they took for granted a few hundred years ago. People could not just go to a supermarket and buy their food. Agriculture was important.

But it is not only the food people can be grateful for. It’s the people in someone’s life, the family, the spouse, the kids, the friends, who make it special. Though it is often rough and not quite easy, there is so much everyone can be thankful for. Thanksgiving reminds people to focus on the good things, to celebrate what they do have instead of complaining about what they don’t have.

I wish you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. May you’ll arrive safe and sound if you have to travel. Appreciate the time with your family. Thanksgiving is more than eating a delicious turkey. It’ a thank-you to God for your life, and that He blessed you to spend your time together with your loved ones.

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picture by julesandjoe, Flickr

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