The maple tree in front of our home, stands in stubborn glory.
It is still clothed with leaves, still changing its colors, reaching to the sky in burnt orange beauty. This picture does not do it justice.
Every year, this is the tree that is last to shed its foliage.
In some ways I am holding out like this quiet maple. I want to be full of the life that represents my Maker. I want any color or steadfastness to bring glory to Him. My home is decorated for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. I have done a bit of grumbling about the stores being open Thanksgiving Day and not allowing us to properly recognize the day. The truth is, Thanksgiving is always a choice. It is not one day. It is a lifestyle. It is not only a way of living, it is the best way to truly live.
Every day can present circumstances that keep us from properly lifting hearts of thanksgiving to God for all of His gifts. If it is one thing I have learned about giving thanks, it is this… it is a daily discipline. I have learned to offer thanks in the midst of stressful and troublesome times. I have learned to write down things that concern me and then flip the paper over and work to write down all the things I can still be thankful for in the midst of those concerns. I have stopped and noticed when I should have been on my way to be somewhere. I have taken pictures to capture a moment, even when they aren’t perfect.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. Our refrigerator is full of food to be prepared. The buffet is decorated and the table is cleared, ready to be set. To be honest, I don’t even know how many people I’m feeding. But I know there will be enough. There is always enough; indeed, there is usually Plenty!
Offering Gratitude For It All With You and Wishing You the Warmest of Thanksgivings!