Have you heard of the fall/winter, Thanksgiving/Christmas (may as well throw in New Years, too) 20? No? (Maybe I made it up, I think!!) It’s that time of year, much like when freshman start college, when you gain 20 lbs-or if you are really, really lucky you gain even more!
I know our ancestors from long, long ago needed to do this in order to survive the long winters when food was sparse. I also know we are fortunate to live in a country where food now is available in abundance, which makes it hard to refuse extra helpings.
I know, too that I love cooking and baking lots of food and goodies during the holiday season. It’s one of those Southern thangs (pronounced as written), where cooking and feeding food and eating said food equals love. (I also know, I got an overabundance of both of these genes since others in my family seldom, if ever cook, and most don’t gain weight, either.)
So, as I ruminate on all these thoughts of food (is anyone else getting hungry?), I will thank the Lord that we have food during this holiday season, along with thanking Him for a roof over our heads, heat to keep us warm and many, many other things. Because I know, from first-hand experience as a child and from what I see walking along downtown streets, that those blessings aren’t and weren’t always available.
This prayer applies to the entire holiday season, I believe.
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray
We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing
We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold
But Lord, I’d like to take a few minutes more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for
For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head
I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know
Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure
That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace
So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited