I didn’t get to post anything for Thanksgiving. I had essays to grade and desserts to prepare, parents to see (parent-teacher conference week) and kids home from school asking for snacks and play dates and just basically destroying any peace and quiet I would’ve needed to put some coherent thoughts together.
The desserts got made and we ate enough turkey and ham and stuffing and pecan pie (among other things) to last us for a while. We talked about what we were thankful for: family and friends, God’s provision, being together. My little one prayed over the food like her brother used to do before her, and my heart swelled with thankfulness for my kids’ strong and growing relationships with the One who made them.
I know that people have moved on to Advent and Christmas shopping and decorating and filling out Christmas cards and on and on and on. We shopped on Black Friday got our tree on Saturday, so I’m not saying anything’s wrong with getting ready for Christmas, don’t get me wrong. But as far as I’m concerned, the feeling of tremendous blessing that starts with Thanksgiving carries right through Christmas for me.
During Advent, as the Christmas tunes flow from every radio station and stores become crowded with bargain hunters and we light a new candle each Sunday, may we reflect on the reason we have to be most thankful: the gift of a baby born of humblest circumstances, who had within Him the power to make us right with a holy and perfect God.
Because of Jesus, we don’t have to worry and wait and wonder if we’re good enough. Because of Jesus, our sins are paid, and we are free to do what gives honor and glory to Him. Because of Jesus, we can know God on very intimate terms. Because of Jesus, we can be sure we are understood and loved in spite of and because of our brokenness, and we can receive healing for those broken places.
So even though Thanksgiving is over now, thankfulness will remain once again intertwined with my experience of the Advent and Christmas seasons. I can think of no more appropriate time of year to be thankful.