I thought I had lost it because when I went to get a new leaf garland for my front doorway 2 weeks ago, there was no 'Fall' left at the craft stores. Nothing golden, brown, rust or olive colored.
Just red an green. Already.
So I threw the broken leaf garland into a apple basket on the front porch to resemble a pile of freshly raked maple leaves and my door remained adorned with only an Autumn wreathe. No garland draping its sides.
I found Thanksgiving in the grocery store. It's all about the turkey, you know. Found everything but corn.
So I felt better that the day of gratefulness hadn't totally been squashed out (pun intended). Until I realized I was humming along to I'll be Home for Christmas as it was playing in the store, while I picked out my Butterball.
Last Thanksgiving while driving home from grandmother's house, over the river and through the woods, a parking lot full of cars caught my eye while passing Toys 'R Us. Could it be true that Black Friday had appeared prematurely on Thanksgiving night!! Come on!
But it got worse this year. Many stores are touting their early Christmas sales starting Thanksgiving at 8pm.
Before your turkey dinner has even digested you can start consuming again!!
Far be it that we have a whole 24 hours of rest, family and contentment. A day to just be grateful for what we already have. Now we have to be reminded of how miserable we are because we lack the latest flat screen, computer or fashion trend, and run out and buy it in the middle of the night!!!
We should all boycott Thanksgiving Day sales. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be like any other day. Even as Sundays used to be a time for rest, reflection, and rejuvenation, free from earning and spending, so will this day end up; just another day....
I did find Thanksgiving tonight though.
I found it in a neighborhood church. A band played. We sang old hymns and new Americana worship songs. Little children danced while we raised our hands in thanks to our generous God. Psalms were read. A message was shared. My son, home from college, stood arm in arm with me as we sang
How Great Thou Art and
Jesus Paid it All and
In Christ Alone
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with sons of praise! Fr the LORD is a great God and a great king above all gods.
Psalm 95Here are the little children spontaneously dancing in the front while the praise music played. Little girls and boys swinging each other in circles and baby toddlers moving freely to the sounds while we sang. It was beautiful!
O give thanks to the LORD!!
Tomorrow and everyday.
I hope you find Thanksgiving, too.