Jackson Five Friday: ThanksLiving

Hey Friends,

It’s been a while.  Two Fridays ago I couldn’t post because I was driving over 500 miles.  The last time I did that was back in July.  And that ended badly, as in emergency surgery for a detached retina.  Now, I can hardly help but worry that I’ll repeat that whole experience.  I envision myself like Gary the Snail in SpongeBob.  His valiant effort in the big race resulted in an exploding eye, and while I’m driving I can almost hear SpongeBob egging me on, “Go Gary!  Go Gary!”  Anyway, I know some of you prayed about that trip and I am happy to report that I arrived safely with two eyeballs fully in tact!  And Will was with me on the way back, so I didn’t drive a single mile.

Then last Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, I was able to park myself at the beach with a good book.  In fact, this book is now required reading for my boys over Christmas break.  It’s a quick, easy read but truly profound on many levels.

One day over our extended Thanksgiving break — by the way, I think the increasingly common full week for Thanksgiving is the most brilliant innovation of the 21st Century — I did manage to write a post on my phone while two of my boys played miniature golf.  But then, while I was reading through the finished product one last time, I somehow managed to delete every word.  Anyhoo, it’s a treat to sit in front of a real computer and share a few thoughts.

On Monday, I hit Costco to stock up and saw a church sign that said something like, “We’ve had Thanksgiving, now time to start ThanksLiving.”  I am sort of hoping the word mashup thing is about to wrap up.  You know, it was kind of cute, for a while maybe.  But hasn’t it run its course?  I mean some may be here to stay: jeggings, chillax, and crapiversary come to mind.  But I’ve reached the point where if any kind of promotion uses one– and they’re ubiquitous in advertising — I make a solemn and silent vow not to buy.  I laugh easily, but I’m ready for some real creativity again.

Of course, even “Thanksliving,” silly as it is, does communicate an important truth.  Living life with an attitude of gratitude, no matter how platitudinal it sounds, is indeed the answer. Counting your blessings on the fourth Thursday in November is certainly nice, but we should be doing it all day every day.

Psalm 9:1 says, “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”  How are you doing with this?  Are you constantly recounting all of your blessings?  One thing I aim to do, and sometimes succeed at, is to sing the Doxology before I get out of bed, even if it’s just in my head.  Today I didn’t remember until Nate and Sam were leaving for school.  And I don’t care if they think I’m crazy — I’m happy for them to start their day with a loud and lyrical reminder of the truth about from Whom ALL blessings flow.

Praying that I’ll give thanks with my whole heart this weekend and always, and praying the same for you.

With Love,


P.S. My Advent devotional is available on Amazon.  Just click here.

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