At All Times-Psalm 34:1

November 19, 2011

O Give Thanks to the Lord, a Thanksgiving Tradition

In our home we have a special Thanksgiving tradition that we do each Thanksgiving Day or at some point after the hustle and bustle of family meals is over. Beside the minimal work I did on it the first year, it requires no advanced planning or effort. Despite the simplicity, it is incredibly meaningful to my husband and me.  It is something very special that we share together, and one day we will share it with our children too. It is what we call our “Blessing Box.”

I have a little blue photo box with the words “Thanks Be to God” running across the top in pretty stickers. I think I bought it all at the craft store for about $6.00 and put it together in 30 minutes. Inside are pieces of printer paper cut in to fourths. Each year my husband and I take out a piece of paper and write down what we are thankful for from the past year. We don’t share them with each other at the time, but hide them away in the box until the following Thanksgiving. Each year we take out all the old cards from past years and read them out loud together. We always look forward to hearing what each other had to say from the Thanksgiving before. Sometimes we shed some tears as we remember the trials God had brought us through or the unexpected blessings He sent our way.

I can’t wait to open the box up again next week. It is our simple way of remembering the good things that the Lord has done and giving thanks to Him.

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
(Psalm 105:1-6 ESV, emphasis added)



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