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Having Just Another Thanksgiving Day?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

In the formerly United States, many people are getting ready for Thanksgiving. Some of this article be useful to people in other countries as well. Preparations to be made, such as hosting families go shopping for food, get out the table extensions, decorate, lots of cooking, and so on.

We may think about how the same things happen every year, and maybe how to avoid arguments. Then there are the offbeat relatives that do annoying things. But we need to elevate our own thinking — even if only for ourselves.

Thanksgiving turkey time here, but this article is not just for Americans. Same old thing every year? Do not take things for granted, and give thanks to God.
Turkey at Thanksgiving, Pexels / Monstera Production
Something I hope for is that my own knowledge, observations, and experiences will be useful to others. As some readers know, my wife died unexpectedly on September 20, 2023. This post is very difficult to write because I keep stopping to cry. (Yes, grown men weep. Accept it.) I see her two slow cookers that she used, plus the stove and oven... Same old thing every year? I'll miss that, and her, the rest of my life until we're together again with Jesus in Heaven. She sees his face, and they will welcome me along with the others who have gone before.

Charlene and Bob at Niagara Falls, picture taken by Ranger Jeff, July 2004

Don't take things, events, and people for granted. They may be gone quickly. I hope my experiences will help motivate husbands and wives to love and cherish each other.

By the way, don't imagine me at the soup kitchen for Thanksgiving. I do have people who care about me and I have plans this year.

Beyond my story, there is more to consider. I even hinted at it above. For Christians, we have a great deal to thank God for. I thank God that he let me have over twenty years with Charlene. Also, that I can communicate using the internet. There are people who care about me and I didn't realize it.

Christians can thank God for redeeming us, and Americans can be grateful that most of us still have freedoms of speech and to worship. We have an overabundance of Bibles easily available. (Here is good, free Bible software, also.) Food, shelter, the beauty that the Creator put in nature, and so much more. Lift up your eyes.

Now I have a short article to offer:

This holiday comes every year, so at times Thanksgiving Day can seem like just a tired tradition. After all, each time is usually about the same as the year before. If your Thanksgiving Day is like mine, some family and friends get together to express their thankfulness and share a meal, such as eating lamb. Okay, so maybe we have some different traditions—since turkey seems to be the standard for Thanksgiving.

You can read it all at "Just Another Thanksgiving?"