The time has come to think about the things and people we are grateful for. For many of us, this weekend will be spent at large family gatherings. Some of us will be standing in long lines at airports to make our way “back home”. Some of us will pack the car and drive many miles in heavy traffic to spend this holiday at a relative’s home and some of us may just be driving across town. Some of us are in the throws of planning and preparing for the family to come to our home; “the meal”, sleeping accommodations, decorations, activities, and trying to make sure things go perfectly.
For many of us, we don’t have a family to share this holiday with, and we are very aware of all the family celebrations going on outside of our homes. We may be lamenting, “Everybody is celebrating with their families and here I sit alone.” Is that you? What can you do to make this a more special holiday for you and someone else. Here are some ideas:
- Invite a couple of friends over who you think may also be spending the day alone. Ask them to bring something for the meal and make a simplified Thanksgiving meal to share with them.
- Spend time telling each other what you are grateful for.
- Play board or card games with music playing to lighten the atmosphere.
- Go out for a long drive together and end the drive going somewhere for hot chocolate.
For all of us, try taking a piece of paper, a Gratitude Page, and filling it with all the things and people you are grateful for, so our minds are filled with gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives. For kids, they can draw what they are thankful for, or cut things out from magazines and glue them on their page.
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:37
Our world is so full of negative and hateful things right now; especially in our own country. The enemy is alive and well and has done an amazing job of dividing us day by day. You know what I am talking about. Let’s begin our Gratitude Page with being thankful that our God created every single one of us and loves us all the same. Let’s also thank the Lord that He is indeed bigger than any challenge we will ever face as an individual, as a family, as a country, and in our world.
So, cook that turkey or ham, mash those potatoes, bake or buy that pie, be grateful for His provision, and hopefully, you can spend the day/weekend with those you love and care about.
We, at Robyn B Ministries, wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. If you can’t be with those you would like to be, then we hope you feel God’s presence in a very special way as you thank Him for your blessings.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
Add THAT to your Gratitude Page!!