This season most of us will gather with family and friends around a well-stocked table. You probably will find yourself at more than one table, especially if you are a young family! If not on Thanksgiving Day, there certainly is more than one opportunity to overeat! I remember traveling between Cindy’s family and mine when the boys were young. It was the start of a very hectic holiday season. It was hard then, I thought. But I miss those days now.
Most likely, we will regret the amount of food we consume. I have fond, but humorous memories of family stretched out on the living room floor moaning over our bloated stomachs.
Let me suggest that before we dive into all that is on the table, the host might ask each to hold his appetite a few more minutes while each shares something for which he is grateful. I trust that it will not be too difficult for any of us to find something to share.
We will hear things like “I am thankful for my health.” “We thank God for his blessings.” “It is a privilege to live in a country that affords us freedom.” Children will probably snicker as they force out “I’m thankful for my brother, for my sister!”
It is good and right to mix food and festivities with gratitude. So when we gather around our tables this Thanksgiving, prepared to dive into the spread, let’s pause to give thanks.