Season of Thanksgiving
This month is Thanksgiving month! As I look forward to all the things I am thankful for, I want to share with you a recent cartoon I saw that really spoke to me. It was a picture of Charlie Brown and Snoopy sitting on a dock looking out over the water. Charlie Brown says, “Someday we will all die, Snoopy!” And Snoopy responds, “True….but on all the other days, we will not.”
On all the other days, we will not! What are we doing with those ‘other days’? This question comes to mind as I begin to prepare for the coming weeks.
November begins a busy time of year for me. All Saints Sunday means some extra planning for worship. Plus the Advent season is approaching and must be planned for. There is also the planning for the extra services that will happen in December; Blue Christmas, 2 services on Christmas Eve and this year we are going to try a New Year’s Eve Family Watch night potluck and service. There is a new Advent Study to prepare and I also have a Christmas letter to write. I usually try to make sure communion gets to all of our shut-ins in November and/or December and I try to send out special notes to those we haven’t seen who may want to know what we are planning for Advent. Plus there is a lot of ‘End-of-the Year’ paperwork to deal with.
The leaves come down in my yard too so that has to be taken care of and the holiday decorations will need to come out of storage. I like to make a trip to Kalamazoo to visit my mom and siblings and Thanksgiving Day is one I love to spend with my grandchildren. There are gifts that will need to be purchased and wrapped, special goodies to bake and make and Christmas cards to address. So much to do…..sometimes we get so caught up in the chores of the season that we forget what the season is all about. This is why I try to think of November and December as the Season of Thanksgiving!
The Season of Thanksgiving begins for me that first day of November, and continues on through the whole month and into December as I remember and give thanks for my family, my vocation, my friends, my life! It is a busy, busy time, but it is also a time of great joy as I remember all I am blessed with.
One of the things that I have heard over and over from folks who are nearing the end of their lives is the fact that it all went by so fast. As I passed my 60th birthday a couple of years ago, I noticed how right they are! My life does seem to be on warp speed! Often, I get so busy with things that I forget to take time to enjoy my blessings. This is why it is so important for me to remember that this is a Season of Thanksgiving! I want to make sure that I remember, as I am racing around with my To-Do list, that I am blessed! I need to LIVE my life each day and give thanks to the one who has blessed me.
As Charlie Brown reminded me, someday, I will die. Someone else will worry about the Advent services and the newsletter. Someone else will worry about raking the leaves and taking Communion to the shut-ins. That day will come. But if, on the other days, I live my life in thanksgiving and take time to honor and enjoy the gifts and blessings in my life, then the ‘other’ days will be filled with joy! But even more important to me, is that if I live my life in thanksgiving and honor and enjoy my blessings, then the ones I leave behind will remember not only the really great newsletter articles I wrote……..they will also remember that I laughed, that I loved them, and that I knew that I was blessed. That is a legacy we should all try to leave!