Well, it is upon us - the holiday season. The stores are bussling, the calendars are bulging, and our pocketbooks are alredy getting thinner! All of this puts our minds in a whirl sometimes. I want to encourage you, though, to focus. Focus on the meaning of these seasons. Customs, traditions, and expectations have made these days much more complicated than they probably should be.
Each year I show my class the Little House on the Prairie premier and then follow it up with their first Christmas. The children always comment on what the family doesn't have - how they were so excited to get a turkey (instead of a constant diet of rabbit), how they each only received one gift and they had to make some of them, how the tree is decorated, ... life was much simpler. But it seems to me, though, that they cherished so much about life. Those gifts were special, the turkey was a blessing, ...
This year, let's focus on the important things and the meaning behind these days and let the rest go. Let's enjoy the holidays like we haven't enjoyed them in a long time.
Happy Simple Thanksgiving! Thank you, Lord, for ALL you given and done for us. We truly are blessed and have so much to be thankful for.