Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.
–The United Methodist Hymnal Number 694
The Autumn months are by far my favorite. Leaves changing color; crisp breathy mornings; a bountiful harvest; a season of thanksgiving. Several years ago one of my sisters started a tradition of every day in November writing down for what we are thankful. Even the kids participate. At the end of the month, we share our top five after our Thanksgiving dinner. Acknowledging what we are thankful for is such a great habit to develop. At first its easy, right? Family, friends, plenty to eat. But then you need to be intentional. After several days you start to realize even the little gifts God gives you each day for which we should give thanks.
“And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.”
“Thanksgiving-giving thanks in everything-prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.”
―Both quotes from Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
Will you join me in a month of thanks? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Nov 1: I’m thankful for Jesus
Nov 2: I’m thankful even for Naomi’s restless nights for the time with babies is fleeting.