Thanksgiving is around the corner, then we begin the season of Advent.
Yes, we realize many stores have already put up Christmas decorations and some radio stations began playing Christmas music the day after Halloween. But as Christians, we wait and watch with Christ, even when that means taking each holy day as they come and not rushing ahead.
So for now, we give thanks. Thanksgiving is an essential part of our prayer life. Throughout holy scripture, the people of God gave thanks. Mister Eckhart reminds us, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
So how will you give thanks? We have some resources for adults, youth, and children to create time for giving thanks.
Do you know the real history of Thanksgiving? No, it didn't actually begin with Pilgrims and Native Americans. Humans have celebrated some feast for thanks for eons. Here's a great story about the history of Thanksgiving, not only our National Day, but the history of harvest festivals before the onset of winter throughout history.
Have children (and maybe some adults) singing the refrain, "We're bored!" over the holiday weekend? Check out this link for crafts that engage hands and heart with opportunties for sharing and reflection on giving Thanks.
As we gather for our Thanksgiving meal, may we begin it with prayer. If you're looking for some prayer ideas, ask each person to share something for which they give thanks. Invite people to say one word that represents the feeling of gratitude. Or use one of these prayers to begin and even maybe end your meal.
And may we not forget those who are hungry, cold, and alone this season. If you are going to engage in shopping (that' s okay - most of us do) after Thanksgiving, why not add a few extra items to your grocery cart to give to your local food bank - we have bins at the church for God's Pantry. Most homeless shelters are in need of adult socks, gloves, and hats this time of year. Or you could give them much needed cash. Imagine totaling up what you spend for your Thanksgiving meal and tithing (giving 10%) to God's Pantry or your local food bank or other charity that helps those in need.
We are entering a season of giving and thanks. Engage it, be present to it, and give thanks.
While we rejoice in our time together during worship and other activities, we know that spiritual life is not confined to our beautiful building. We also gather online, using social media to stay connected.
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