“Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Psalm 127:1-2 NLT
My hat is off to every cook working long hours for family and friends to enjoy this annual meal at Thanksgiving. Are you the chief cook in the kitchen Thanksgiving Day? Are you a ham substitute renegade? Or Is your favorite recipe a deep fried turkey - cooked in peanut oil - Texas style? Maybe you are the traditional chef preparing your meal around an oven baked sliced turkey with dressing and plenty of gravy?
From my perspective almost any menu can be a memorable meal to share at Thanksgiving tables when it includes family, friends and God, who makes our life possible. As we look around the room this year there may be empty chairs for those whom we have lost. You may want to share a short prayer in their memory. I pray for a blessing that God’s presence will be with you and your family Thanksgiving Day around each table.
Whatever your speciality in the kitchen might be - the annual meal with family and friends is sure to be a delight! Truly, we are just glad to be together with loved ones. The verse above reminds me, seek more God and His rest, whenever feeling weary.
We sometimes become overly anxious during family holidays. There is cleaning, straightening, and cooking the perfect meal. Then cleaning everything up; it is exhausting. At times likes these, lean in, listen for God’s comfort and reassurance. Look around the room, listen to laughter of those who gather with you. If you are feeling lonely and isolated without family and friends nearby, seek God; ask Him to help you find His comfort in worship music, a positive message, and a healthy meal which is nourishing to your soul.
Whatever your menu and schedule this year - take a few moments, read the Psalm above once again. We are promised to find rest in life’s turmoil and frantic pace Thanksgiving Day 2022.
And remember... God loves you!
“God gives rest to his loved one.” That’s YOU....