As Thanksgiving approaches … I just got the pumpkin pie out of the oven!!! … take a few minutes to thank the people you have spent the pandemic with.
Thank those living with you and any one else in your bubble. This year, I’m writing thank you notes in Thanksgiving cards for my husband and my son. We have been a bubble of three for many months.
We haven’t had fights or gotten into arguments. We have bitten our tongues when we get on each other’s nerves. This is mostly because everyone has been nice and witty instead.
Think about the character attributes that have made your pandemic mates nice to be around. Write it up on a place card, a thank you note or a Thanksgiving card. Then share it before Thanksgiving dinner.
If you can, continue to do this loving-kindness meditation as part of an effort to heal our own national pain as well.
Today, take 30 minutes to give thanks for all the answered prayers of 2020. And yes, there have been some.
When I did this today, I went down my prayer list … looking at the names of the people and the groups that I pray for everyday. There was an answered prayer for every one of them.
So, enjoy some fellowship with the Lord. He is with us this Thanksgiving.
This idea, originated by Tsh Oxenrider, brings specific gratitude to my Thanksgiving table every year.
Take the gratitude list that you developed this week. Then write it on a pumpkin that becomes part of your Thanksgiving table centerpiece.
When it’s time to go around the table expressing thanks, you’ll have something quite specific to mention. It’s a way to bring Christian mindfulness to the celebration.
The pandemic is hovering over all of us. We’ve had friends lose their parents to COVID. We won’t get to spend Thanksgiving with our granddaughter and her parents. We won’t get to see my husband’s mother who is in dementia care.
Nonetheless, the Lord has been so good to us. Today, let’s look with intention at what’s right and how God has blessed us. Listing our blessings helps us to stay focused on what is good in our lives.
For example, I am thankful to the Lord for:
- Our continued health.
- Our marriage that has remained solid despite quarantining together soon after we retired from jobs that involved a lot of travel and time apart.
- Food, water and a warm house.
- My granddaughter and the miracles of technology that allow us to have dessert together on Thanksgiving day.
- My wonderful kids.
- A ministry that has continued via Zoom through the pandemic.
- My spiritual director and pastors.
And there’s lots more on my list. Please make one yourself and spend time thanking God for what you have. You will feel much better.
It might be fun to keep it, so you can compare it to next year’s list. Here’s hoping next year’s list has a lot of travel on it!