Celebrating Thanks Living
If the only prayer
you said in our
whole life was,
that would suffice.
-Edward Sanford Martin
The day after All Hallows Eve, the thoughts of Thankgiving approaching run through my mind. It kicks off a season of hustle and bustle to prepare for family gatherings, and giving thanks together.
But what if we could turn that into thanks living?
I don’t mean a gathering of family and all the hustle and bustle to be seated at a table formally giving thanks. That is honorable indeed. But why should a holiday have to remind us to be thankful, leave us stuffed with cares, and pumpkin “everything,” only to leave us when we wake the next morning.
I have struggled with depression and anxiety all my life. I battle chronic illness every day. And for reasons subconscious this season takes a real emotional toll on me.
So I decided that I want to instill thanks living into my daily life. To look at the things big and small that I can find even in the darkest of the times in which we live. In order to remind me of the character of God the giver. God the One who is Love.
So during the next month I’ve asked some friends to join me in a Thanks Living journey. We are asking what thanksgiving means to us. Brewing thoughts on what comes to mind when we think of thanks living. Some will share their favorite memories of Thanksgiving, and I’m so delighted to honor them and introduce them to you this month.
I want to invite you to join us as we walk together through a day in day out living of thankfulness in the midst of all things. Even if it’s a struggle, or you want to shout from the rooftops because your blessings overflow.
I am so thankful for you, God’s beloved. You are not reading this by accident. God knew you would drop by today to read these words, and when you would click on the link or open your email. He’s been orchastrating every heartbeat and every breath you take, and is overjoyed that you are curious about thanks living. I’m so glad you are here too.
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV