Today is a perfect day to cherish learning to be with the Lord in His gift of loving inner peacefulness — and — being fully aware of our very most thankful appreciative hearts.
Open hearts sing and thank Him today — right now — you too may begin — join in — you know you are not alone — later greet friends and guests today with all of His loving warmth radiating from your heart.
We only must ask. God blesses us all and He will bask our homes, travels, airways, rails, roads, and vehicles with His love. Know this. Feel His warm love. Feel God’s loving energy breathing warmth into you and into your heart from its inside out.
Watch this video too. You’ll love that it demonstrates an age old lesson on the gloriousness of thanksgiving. I know you’ll love it!
Here are some suggestions for allowing the Lord to manage our hearts:
- Announce gratitude and be specific — in a group is nice too — plan this with guests beforehand — everyone can pray and speak about gratitude — this will raise happiness and your grateful hearts will warm the home too
- Say to loved ones and friends that you appreciate them and be specific
- Joyfully commit to seek God’s will and see God in everyplace that you look
- Behave in a humble grateful manner and praise God in thankfulness for living and for blessings and be specific
A Day of Thanksgiving, 1951. This film relates the experiences of a middle-class American family when they are stimulated to review the things for which they are thankful.
Bill Johnson, a garage mechanic, comes home from work on the day before Thanksgiving to find his children completely disheartened by their mother’s announcement that the family cannot afford a turkey for the holiday. Shocked at his son Dick’s statement that there won’t be much to be thankful for, Bill gently reminds him and the other children that while turkey on Thanksgiving is a great American tradition, its presence sometimes obscures the real meaning of Thanksgiving.
When Dick concedes that modern Americans are a lot better off than the Pilgrims, the others suggest that they all make a list of the things for which they are thankful. Their father cautions them to give serious thought to their list, which should include only the things they feel deeply. He then watches them mulling over their thoughts as they play during the evening.
At the Thanksgiving dinner table, each member of the family offers part of the thanks.
Tommy is thankful for plenty of food and free library books to read. Susan mentions clothing, Sunday school, and her family. Dick gives thanks for a chance to get an education and a chance to play. Bill thinks as he looks at Baby Janet that she must be thankful in her own way for fun in the bathtub, playtime, and security.
Mrs. Johnson is thankful that her children can grow up healthy and strong, that she can guide them, that her family can have many of the modern conveniences, that she can have freedom of speech, and that Mr. Johnson’s job brings peace of mind. Bill Johnson then finishes the list with the things for which he is thankful: a home with privacy, freedom from fear of political reprisal, the right to pick a vocation in which he is happy, freedom of opinion as represented by his newspaper, the right to vote, and the belief that family unity can become world-wide unity.
A Day of Thanksgiving This 1951 education film portrays a family that cannot afford to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey and instead reflects upon the things for which they are thankful. It was produced by Centron Corporation of Lawrence, Kansas with non-professional actors, and is part of the Prelinger Archives.
I’ll pray that we may all today share in grateful giving and let this become a habit that will grow in our hearts every day. Bless us God every one. Whatever our needs may be, I pray that He will be foremost in our minds and hearts as we share His divine warmth and glorious praise. Amen.
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