Smells like Thanksgiving…

It’s Thanksgiving week here in America. Cranberries, potatoes, pumpkin pie, turkey….all of it will be changing the aroma of homes across the country. Oh yeah, and bratwurst…

My daughter is hosting us at her house for her first Thanksgiving in her new house. We are all very excited to go celebrate. The only thing is that she like to do a “non-traditional” meal, so she has informed us that we will be having German food this year. Fair enough- her house, her rules, right?!?

It threw some of the family for a loop. Thanksgiving can be a day of great tradition. I love tradition, I really do, but the problem with tradition is that it can lead people into an autopilot mentality. We do things because that’s how we’ve always done them. We can lose sight of the meaning behind things. I see and hear people getting upset about “XMas”. They want to keep the Christ in Christmas, yet Thanksgiving has morphed into Turkey Day without much ado.

Whatever we eat, and some folks in this great nation will not eat at all, we need to be mindful of the the Thanks; we need to be mindful of the giving. Look around you this Thursday and find something, find anything, to be thankful for. Most of the time it’s not that difficult to find. Breathe in and…

—Rise Up!!

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