Thanksgiving is a big deal for my family. Over the last few years my wife and I have assumed the responsibility of hosting Thanksgiving at our home rather than rotating it throughout the family. We have an open door policy and our friends and family typically bringing folks we’re never met before with the head count regularly topping 40-50+. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: “(Thanksgiving at our home) is like a box of chocolates… you never know (who) you’re going to get.” There is always way too much food with bountiful leftovers graciously shared at the end of the night. It is a wonderful time of year.
Since the feast is at my home I have the honor of bestowing the blessing. Here is my blessing from 2010…
Most of All
Thanksgiving Day gives us
a moment to pause and reflect on
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
healthy minds and bodies;
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
a well oiled car to get us to
school, work and soccer practice;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people gathered around our table today
who make our lives extra special.
On behalf of my wife and daughters we are grateful
that you joined us on Thanksgiving Day and most of all
we are grateful to have you as a
part of our lives the other 364 days of the year.