As Thanksgiving week begins, start everyday by giving thanks to someone for something. Here are seven days of suggestions:
Sunday – Jesus gave thanks for His job to die and rise again paying the penalty for our sins. “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:27-28)
Monday – Mail Thanksgiving notes to everyone for whom you are thankful, including people at work, past and present. To make it easy, click for 7 days of free Thanksgiving E-Cards.
Tuesday – Think of close family, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and workmates. Consider how you love them. Count the ways. Send a small gift. Do a small favor. Share a kind word.
Wednesday – Pray and prepare for Thanksgiving Day. If you have no plans, invite someone over for lunch or dinner. Share thanks with one another.
Thursday – Perhaps just before Thanksgiving dinner, share with others Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of 1863, which passed as an act of Congress and established Thanksgiving Day as a U.S. holiday:
“I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States …to set apart and observe a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens … announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord … It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”
Friday – No doubt many of us will shop until we drop on Black Friday. With every swipe of your card, mentally sky-gram our Father who art in heaven: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Saturday – Say “thanks” by giving back. It’s a great way to show your thanksgiving by giving yourself to others and their needs. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Tell me about your Thanks Giving. For whom or what are you thankful to God?