I hope those of you who live in the USA had an amazing Thanksgiving gathered with loved ones and lots of yummy food. Thanksgiving was a little different in my family this year as my youngest sister is living in Canada. Her empty seat at the table was a constant reminder of the miles between us. Thankfully, Mom and Dad are headed to Niagara today in a car packed with leftovers and cards from all of us.
Today I’m gathering with others that I am also thankful for as we meet up every Friday to share encouragement and life with one another. This week the Five Minute Friday community is writing on the prompt: Value.
With the conclusion of Thanksgiving festivities our hearts turn in anticipation toward the Christmas season. I woke up this morning to a Facebook feed endlessly announcing Holiday sales. Like many, I spent time yesterday with the people that mean the most to me and being thankful for all the Lord has blessed me with. But, like many of you, I am so tempted to turn around–not 24 hours later, and cultivate a spirit of want.
Can we just have a day to simmer in the juices of thanksgiving? I mean, goodness, our turkeys marinate longer than us!
How can we so quickly switch from “Lord, thank you” to “Lord, I want”?
This holiday season I am praying to stay cognizant of my attitude.
I want to enter into this Christmas season with the same sense of thankfulness that I felt gathered around the table yesterday.
The promise of a Savior–that is why I am thankful and why I anticipate Christmas.
Please join me in remembering the true gift of family and placing value on the things that matter most this season.
The Ameri Brit Mom