Ritual Pieces

In the U.S., we will soon celebrate Thanksgiving. This year it is bound to look different; smaller groups of people at the table, less hugs and greetings, no touch football in the backyard, and as cousins and an auntie do in my family; gather to make homemade lefse. Rituals that are ingrained in our very being for many generations will be set aside. Instead of missing what we can’t do; let’s make new plans and ideas!

What new rituals can we create during this holiday season? We can still decorate a tree together, or make ornaments, maybe we can donate canned goods to our local food shelves in lieu of working in a soup kitchen. I’ve seen so many ideas online to help the homeless; keep a few paper bags in your trunk filled with warm socks, mittens, granola bars, bottled water, snacks that don’t need utensils or to be cooked. Hair brush, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes. Care packages. Dog food or treats. Let’s set the world on fire with kindness and care.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. ~Hebrews 12:2 NLT

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Pieces of Curiosity

It is unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25th, or that the first Pilgrim meal was the 4th Thursday of the 11th month.   But specific dates don’t matter if there are circumstances beyond your control.  Often times various family groups have celebrations a day or two before the big holiday, or maybe even a month later.  What is important is honoring the holiday and spending time with people you love.

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May your Thanksgiving and family/friend time be greatly blessed!

 

Pieces of Thanksgiving

While exploring the various celebrations of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I discovered I didn’t know actual facts.  If you are interested in the true meaning, read on:  Why we celebrate Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow many people will sit down with family and friends and share in the gifts of food, laughter and conversation.  Some are serving our country, working in public service, or it’s just their regularly scheduled shift and will have a warmed up plate at home.

Whatever and wherever you find yourself, the gift (meaning) of thanksgiving is much more than pumpkin pie and turkey.  The word “thanksgiving” is used 29 times in the bible, and over 156 times in conjunction with other words: “thankful” “thankfulness,” etc.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

May this prayer be yours:

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Thanksgiving Pieces

In the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 26th.  It is a day to gather friends and family together, share a meal, watch football, go to a movie, nap.

But like many major holidays, oftentimes the true reason for the season is forgotten underneath the pretty packages, music, traditions and favorite foods.

It should not be remembered as the day before the biggest shopping day, or the day of endless eating, but instead – gathering together as the pilgrims did once, after landing here — in their new home.

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Psalm 100:4 Go through his open gates with great thanksgiving; enter his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Psalm 7:17 Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because he is so good. I will sing praise to the name of the Lord who is above all lords.
What are you grateful for?
I am thankful to have a Heavenly Father who knows me, I am grateful for my family, friends, and those I do not know – I pray for all.  I am grateful for the technology that helps keep me alive (pacemaker), and my sweet dog Max!

Pieces of Bible Sunday

Until today, I had never heard of “Bible Sunday.”  I probably would have went the remainder of my life not knowing what it was, except I looked at my wall calendar to see the date of Thanksgiving, and “Bible Sunday” caught my eye; which is November 22nd.  Of course I had to google this phrase and have posted a link for your further reading.

(Curious who knew this was an actual celebrated holiday?), but I digress!

Read this link for further info!

 

Pieces of Thanksgiving

In a few days, we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Perhaps we will share a meal with family and friends.  What are you thankful for?

I see so many parallels in my past life and now.  Except now, I am grateful for all of it.  The hard, hurtful times along with the fun and happy.  I believe it’s more than equal parts – it’s how Jesus wants to live in me.  “Grateful for all the pieces.”  In this way, everything is able to be a witness to another.

Psalm 100:4 Go through his open gates with great thanksgiving; enter his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Leviticus 7:13 This thanksgiving peace offering shall be accompanied with loaves of leavened bread.

Deuteronomy 16:15  This feast will be held at the sanctuary, which will be located at the place the Lord will designate. It is a time of deep thanksgiving to the Lord for blessing you with a good harvest and in so many other ways; it shall be a time of great joy.