Two years ago I was struck by how quickly my grateful heart wore off as November’s Thanksgiving came and went. Set on recapturing thankfulness and celebrating how God works in the peaks and pit, I was compelled to write this post: Thanksgiving in May.
Fast-forward to May, 2014, and Thanksgiving in May is at the forefront of my thoughts. Care to join? Would you like to soak up the last week of May, the half-way marker until we gather around the table to feast with family and friends, and utter gratitude for blessings abundant?
Join me in putting this tradition to it’s first annual practice. Invite friends. It doesn’t have to be many, or it can be your entire neighborhood- whatever you want. Open your home. Pour champagne, serve crostinis with cream cheese and jalapeno jelly, and decadent chocolate trifles for dessert. Or maybe you’d rather grill burgers and rip open bags of Doritos- fabulous! However you come alive hosting, do it. Snuggle into sofas and sit on the floor, lounge on backyard patio cushions, your face aglow by fire-pit flames.
Celebrate Thanksgiving in May. Give thanks. Out loud. Put words to how you’ve experienced God move in your life this last year. How did He carry you when you couldn’t stand? When did he blow your expectations out-of-the-water? Perhaps you’re in the midst of a tough time and could use some encouragement. If that’s you, listening as friends give praise to our Creator puts circumstances in perspective, weighting our faith. As 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 says, …”so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God…”
Thanksgiving exhaled becomes worship, and when shared with community, inspires a contagious practice.
Whether you reside in a tiny apartment, or sprawling home, invite, gather, eat, drink, and give thanks.
And please, finish your time with an epic dance party! We’ll be doing the same.
“Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are