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Giving Thanks

One of the best times of the year at our home as children was Thanksgiving. Throughout the year we didn’t have a lot, but somehow, we always had what we thought, was a lot of food on Thanksgiving day.

It was talked about weeks in advance. My mother would start preparing food look like days before that Thursday. We had to clean the whole house, specially our rooms. Sometimes our cousins and other relatives were coming to eat with us. We could smell the pies, the ham, the greens, the cornbread and the sweet potatoes cooking the whole day before Thanksgiving day. We even said “We were not going to eat anything the day before so we would have room for the Thanksgiving meal.” Late the night before Thanksgiving day, my mother would put that turkey in the oven and it would cook all night. The next morning the house was looking good and was smelling good.

The anticipation of the dinner was great and we could hardly wait to eat and eat all we could. When we all gathered and sat around the table with all that food smelling and looking great, we had to wait! Wait for somebody to pray. Wait for everybody to say something. Everybody had to say something about being thankful. Sometimes they would talk what seemed to be a long time. I remember at the Thanksgiving dinner table, my mother would ask each of us children to tell every one there, what we were thankful for. She would say, “Before we eat we had to say something about being thankful.” The older folks had gone first. Many times we would repeat what we heard from the old folks. I always thought the quicker we said something, the quicker we could eat.

Thanksgiving is a time when families to come together. It is a time to clean up and it is a time to eat. But it is also a time when we as a family can come together and can reflect on the goodness of God in our lives. He has given us so much even when we think it is so little. Psalm 116:12 ask the question: “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits.” A song says “To God be the glory for the things He has done..” At the table we all could say “God has done so much for me I cannot tell it all.” As believers we should do as Paul says in Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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