Have you ever heard the term, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew”? I think that is the thing that motivates me! I bite off more than I can chew and then grab hold and chew till my jaws hurt but I get it done. Today was one of those days. After hearing different ones in the family talk about all the people they had to see on Thanksgiving, and all the places they need to be I decided to take the burden of coming to this house off their shoulders by having the Mushegan Thanksgiving tomorrow for our Sunday dinner! Well that sounds like a good idea until you realize you need to get a turkey because the one you have bought to thaw and kosher for Thursday is frozen solid in the freezer downstairs, and all the things you normally make for your Thanksgiving feast need to be purchased. I had already sent out a group text to the family telling them what we were going to do so I had to see to it that I got it done. My trip to Kroger was in the middle of the day when I think that everyone in the community of Mableton, Georgia decided to shop. I saw parents pulling at their children, saw one mom lift her little girl clear off the floor by one arm and I nearly panicked! I wanted to say, “Hey YOU, what do you think you’re doing?” But she was already so angry I knew that best thing for the little girl and for me was to keep my lip zipped. There was the dad who was jerking his little boy around and threatening him with a beating of his life if he didn’t stand in one spot as we were all waiting for the very slow cashier to finish up with all the carts with huge basketfuls ahead of us. The bright side of it all was that I had my twenty-four pound turkey and all the goodies I needed for the sides down to the pickled apple rings and tiny marshmallows for the fruit salad.
So what’s it all about anyway? We eat dinner together every Sunday, what’s different about tomorrow, or Thursday? It’s just a day we set aside to be grateful out loud for our freedom, and to share the love of our families. Some of us have loved ones that will be absent from the table, others may have added someone special, what ever or where ever you have your special day I hope it is the best one ever. I want to leave you with a Psalm of Thanksgiving,
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.