It’s that time of year- when we sit with family and spend time eating a grand meal. It’s also a great time to reflect on the past, and I don’t mean just the past year.
Have everyone turn off their phones and sit at the table – after the prayers are said, let the stories begin!
During the meal, tell tales of Thanksgiving pasts when your mom and dad hosted the dinner – or when another family member did. What are the differences from then until now? What’s remained the same? What new traditions can be thought up for next year?
It’s also the perfect time to reflect on how you used to be. Are you the same, or different? Is God a bigger part of your life? How has that changed you? This is also a great topic to discuss at the dinner table!
For me, thinking back on the past, I’m not the same person I used to be. I’m so much better for the experiences God gave me (both good and bad!), and it’s helped me see things from more than one perspective.
How has He changed your life this past year? How about the past decade?
Look upon the bounty of your Thanksgiving table. Let your eyes wander over the food, the family relationships, and the friendships you’ve grown over the years. Maybe there’s someone new at the table this year that blesses you and your loved ones. Count every laugh, every savory bite, and every blessing with a happy heart, for this holiday table is only a hint of what God has in store for us!
Let your heart rejoice in the warmth of shared stories as well as a shared meal. I pray you, your family, and your table be blessed in many unexpected ways this Thanksgiving!
Beth Brubaker, Assistant Editor is a humorist poet and songwriter, and her day jobs include homemaking, writing, and paper and fabric arts. Beth’s passion is the written word, and is developing ways of sharing her brand of humor with the world through poems, songs and stories. Don’t miss Beth’s columns and puzzles in every issue of Ruby for Women! You can read Beth’s posts on her blog Footprints in the Mud at http://footprintsinthemudblog.blogspot.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.