We have allowed the entertainment world and social media to convince us that everyone has a family centered, food filled day of joy and laughter. The entire world is riding over the hill and into the woods to the idyllic setting of grandmother's house, while we sit emotionally isolated and alone. Getting out of the bed seems to be all you can possibly have the energy to do on this great national holiday. For whatever the reason--Thanksgiving is not always anticipated with warm fuzzy feelings, but instead dreaded like the plague. WHY AND HOW are the questions on your mind.
I am looking forward to the celebration this year, but can empathize with those who are not. I am thankful for family, food, and the fun that will commence, but not every Thanksgiving was like this. I would like to share a couple of things I learned about holidays and the dread they can create.
The most important thing I have learned is it is only a day--24 hours--and it will quickly pass. Not in the mood to be with others---find something else to do-something new or different and out of the ordinary. Read a book, binge watch your favorite television show reruns, go see a movie, volunteer at a shelter, take a friend to dinner. You are not the only one alone or filled with dread. Make the most of the day--and if you sleep 8 hours, then it is only 16 hours remaining. Time passes quickly and so will this day.
It is a day of giving thanks--NOT necessarily a family reunion. Spend time during the day in thinking of all you have to be thankful for. The book I am slowly plowing through has an entire chapter devoted to our need to be thankful for ALL things. If you believe God is omnipotent and there are no coincidences, then this day and your circumstance are all within His providence. If we believe all things are for God's glory and our good, then we should be thankful. If we stop to list even the smallest details of how we have been blessed, we could fill volumes. Stop to remember the why of the day--not what is missing or not right about it. A spirit of thankfulness can go a long way in creating a heart filled with peace and joy.
Above all KNOW there are others praying for you, standing in the gap, asking God to comfort you. We are NEVER truly alone and He knows us better than we know ourselves. In ALL things--give thanks!
In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessalonians 5:18