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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, November 28, 2019.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
Thank You, Lord
Every Thanksgiving there is are certain traditions in our household. First off, we have to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. It’s a great tie to watch the acts, see the balloons and work into the day. After that, you have to have breakfast. Sure there is a big meal later in the day, but you have to work up to that. Breakfast allows you to get a good primer on the stomach before the big event. By noon or so you have to start getting ready for the afternoon games and the big meal. But the most important and the most unbreakable tradition in my family is the thank you tradition.
No matter how many of us have gathered, before we eat dinner on Thanksgiving we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. Now because our gatherings can be pretty large, you want to go early in the thanks rotation. The early people get the easy thanks. Once you have are 10 or 15 people in you have to start thinking a little about the thanks you are giving. By the way, I forgot to mention that you can’t repeat what anyone else is thankful for. So if you are number 17, someone probably took what you wanted to say and you have to start thinking about what you are going to say and hope that your cousin doesn’t steal it.
Friends, looking back, the great thing about this tradition was no matter how big the family was on those days, we never had a repeat thanks. We were all able to look at all that God was doing in our lives and find something that we were uniquely thankful for. If we are honest, we often thank God for the stuff that is easy to see, but if we are honest there is so much more that we can thank God for. If we take the time to think, we all know things that we can thank God for that nobody would ever know if we didn’t tell them, but we know and God knows. So today, don’t just be thankful for the obvious stuff, take the time to thank God for the stuff nobody sees or saw because his love and grace endures forever.