Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our hectic daily lives and reflect on all for which we are thankful. Despite the distractions of getting the hottest merchandise at the best price, the demands of job and family, and other cares, the call of this season is to slow down and reflect on all our blessings.
I like these words that call us back to the true spirit of the Thanksgiving season:
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet. ... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long? ~Rebecca Harding Davis
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life ... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year—and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. ~Ray Stannard Baker
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie
This Thanksgiving, may you have time to enjoy the true spirit of this season with a heart of peace and gratitude.