Wednesday, November 14, 2012

how does your turkey look?

"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth!...It is He who made us, and we are His... Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise."  Psalm 100: 1,3,4

As of today, I’ve  cooked  97 turkeys, and have 18 to go.  The size and trimmings for each turkey is unique, and promises to be a beautiful, colorful bounty for the recipient.  Laminating the turkey place mats made by the kindergarteners for their Thanksgiving lunch is one of my favorite tasks.  Some turkeys are painted on with brushes and others with their hands and fingers. For sure, no two turkeys are alike, but all are special. Most include a line saying what they are thankful, mom, dad, sister, brothers, puppy, house, toys, God, Jesus.  Simply thanks... yet genuine thanks for what matters to them.

How would your turkey place mat look?  Would you draw a fat turkey with lots of colorful feathers and short legs or a bare, long legged skinny one?  And if that turkey could talk, would he be spouting out words of thankfulness for simple blessings?   It's time to get our hearts and place mats ready for the feast.

Father, we want to present our Thanksgiving place mats before You overflowing with sincere gratitude for all You do in our lives.  We are so grateful, that even though we are many and uniquely made by You, we are each special in Your eyes.  

And that, my friend, is no turkey! 

have a thank-filled day!

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