“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV.
For me, it is helpful to have a dedicated time for giving thanks carved out in the calendar. I confess that too often, I miss this important piece of conversation with God in my day to day. Thanksgiving is a celebration of harvest. The things I’m most thankful for this year, the ways that God has brought harvest in my life, are family, health, and provision.
I’m thankful for family.
I’m thankful that I get to see my sister today for the first time since August. I’m thankful that I get to spend the week laughing and playing games with both of my parents. I’m thankful that I can still celebrate with both of my grandparents, and that one whole side of our family will be together, even if just for a while.
I’m thankful for health.
I am thankful to be well. I’m thankful for a recent good report from my doctor. I am thankful that the people I love are healthy. I’m thankful that though my family and I have been through scary seasons with health, this isn’t one of them, and we get to celebrate that.
I’m thankful for provision.
I’m thankful that God meets my financial needs. I’m thankful that no bill has gone unpaid and no meal has been missed. I’m thankful for small miracles in my family’s finances that remind us that God is in the details. I’m thankful that even when I can’t see a way, He always has one.
My prayer is that no matter the season you’re in, you will be able to celebrate and give thanks for specific things. If you’re in the midst of spring, celebrate the ways you are reaping a harvest in your life. If you’re in the middle of winter, celebrate the harvest that has been and the harvest that will be. Even if they are hard to see, there are always things to be thankful for. Thankfulness in all seasons is a posture of the heart, one we have the opportunity to learn and practice at this time of year.
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:11-13 ESV.
Author | Kalli Drake