Thanksgiving Day is coming up. Hence, the obligatory post on giving thanks.

The truth is, I have, for the past several years, become increasingly ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Last year, my in-laws were in town visiting, and my father-in-law made our turkey. It was ridiculously delicious. He marinated the thing for two or three days (in a combination of spices that is, most unfairly, a secret), and, when we removed it from the oven, it was so tender we almost couldn’t transfer it from the pan to the serving plate. I had a flashback to a BBQ my fraternity in college had. The Pitmaster demonstrated his BBQ prowess by showing us that his chickens were so perfectly smoked that the leg bones could be cleanly removed. I tried it with the turkey. It worked.

But that’snot really the point. I’m just making you jealous of my thanksgiving day spread’s awesomeness. The point is my ambivalence. I don’t have a problem with Thanksgiving. I don’t have a problem with the food. I don’t have problem with the gathering together around a table. I don’t have a problem with any of the “trappings” of Thanksgiving. What I have a problem with is my personal tendency to be “more thankful” on the last Thursday in November and my tendency to make giving thanks more important on that day than on other days.

If I have the right attitude and mindset, then every day is Thanksgiving. I am supposed to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

So, as I sit down this Thursday and help my daughters create special placemats for the Thanksgiving Day table, and then as we sit to eat from the abundance the Lord has provided, I pray that I will remember that whatever “special” feeling I have, should be a part of my every day life. Lord, help me in all ways, at all times and in all circumstances to be truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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