Before the big day of giving gratitude and taking turkey and pie arrives, may you ask God to make grace the biggest dish served.
When you sit down at the Thanksgiving table, may you sit down to a feast of kind words and welcoming behavior.
May those around you offer you a sense of warmth and acceptance.
Regardless of the turn dinner conversation takes, may you know your strengths far outweigh your weaknesses.
When you give something–be it the gift of your cooking or companionship–and receive nothing in return, may you simply be thankful for the opportunity to give.
As you look around and feel acute sadness for those who can’t be at your table this year, may you know it’s okay to lament their absence. As your loved ones are far away, may you know the goodness of God is not.
If people are ornery, may you commit to making the environment better, not worse.
If feathers or feelings get ruffled and twisty, may you enter a nearby bathroom and shut the door behind you. And over an altar-sink, may you pray for Jesus to redeem the day. Because no day is so far gone he can’t turn it around.
If you find yourself needing real deal fresh air, may you unapologetically step outdoors and let the crisp breeze and crunchy leaves renew your spirit.
When you reach for a double helping of pumpkin or pecan pie, may you know the sweet tune of the song your singular life sings–and how we need to hear it.
May you lay down your own desires to impress and embrace the impressiveness of what God gives you right now.
And throughout your day, may you know God’s invisible made visible. May previously unseen hope show up for you in thrilling, just-for-you ways.
Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends. You are wildly loved. xo
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