What Am I Grateful For Today… Thanksgiving Traditions

12 Brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those who are working with you, leading you, and instructing you. 13 Think of them highly with love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are disorderly. Comfort the discouraged. Help the weak. Be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure no one repays a wrong with a wrong, but always pursue the good for each other and everyone else. 16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray continually. 18 Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Don’t suppress the Spirit. 20 Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21 but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil. 23 Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. 24 The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this (1 Thessalonians 5:12-24, Common English Bible).

I love Thanksgiving. And, I don’t just love it for the food. I don’t just love it for the football. I don’t just love the parades. Don’t get me wrong, I will enjoy the food and I feel pretty certain I will at least watch the Houston HEB Parade. They are all important traditions in my family with the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Some years ago, when we had a Thanksgiving that was just Cindy, Wayne, Christopher and me, we started a new family tradition, well, it is a semi-tradition. When it has just been us we don’t have turkey and the trimmings. We have beef ribs and all those trimmings. We reasoned back in those days that there was a pretty good chance that the first Thanksgiving was a cookout. If it was a cookout, it is only another step to a barbecue and what is a barbecue without ribs. That was our logic anyway. And, as the comedian used to say, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

In truth, we have probably had more of the stereotypical, traditional Thanksgiving dinners over the years than the dinner we have celebrated as “our traditional Thanksgiving dinner.”  Last Sunday I ate the “traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” when I attended the “Sweeny Community Thanksgiving Feast.” Tomorrow, it’s rib time!!!

I do have one suggestion for a Thanksgiving tradition that is bigger than food, football, parades and such. How about this for a Thanksgiving tradition? BE THANKFUL!!! We need to stop and think about how blessed we are.

Several years ago I read somewhere, I don’t remember who said it or where I read it, so this is a paraphrase. Thanksgiving should be among the most important holidays in American society. Here is the reasoning. No matter who we are, regardless of whether we are rich or poor, no matter our faith (Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, etc.), or no faith at all, we always have something for which we should be thankful to someone.

Just think about it this way, as an American, we have our “founding fathers” and the men and women of our military we can thank for our freedom. We can be thankful to Aunt Connie for bringing those great yeast rolls to Thanksgiving dinner.

For we who believe, our traditions should always include being thankful to God for all we are and all we have. “Give thanks in every situation.”

That is what I am grateful for today? What are you grateful for today? Write it in your journal and tell someone else, perhaps at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Friends, have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your dinner, whatever your Thanksgiving tradition might be. Just know, while you eat your turkey, I will be eating ribs.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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