My favorite family traditions are the MENU and the COOKING. Every year we eat the same foods. Every year my Mom and I cook the meal. Missing the days when her Mom joined us helps me treasure the days we still have together all that much more. It won't be long until my sister finds herself part of the tradition too!
There are usually games of skip-bo played in the kitchen. I have my Grandma to thank for that tradition.
And other than that, it's just a bunch of people eating a bunch of food and sitting around talking about a bunch of things.
The thing that I am most thankful for in this life is PEOPLE. We are spread out, but I have a pretty great family. On top of that, I know some amazing people who FEEL like they might as well be family. And I am always up for meeting a new "stranger"....Grocery stores, airplanes, new cities...It seems that everywhere I go I am reminded just how much I am glad that God put so many other people in this world.
|America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration|
|Christmas in New York City's Grand Central Station|
Lastly, I want to share with you the reason why I am most thankful. You see, all of this, my life and all of the wonderful things in it is what it is because of what Jesus has done. His desires for me is what keeps me going. His desires for me are what keep me thankful.
Jesus said, "Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me,
where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world." John 17:24
That's my hope this Thanksgiving. Thankfully, I know that this is promised me. Someday I will be with Him, where He is seeing His glory with all of the others who are His, FOREVER.
In the meantime, I guess we have a bit of work to do. Enjoy your holiday for it is only a foretaste of the thankfulness you may feel forever.