Welcome to the blessings of the Holiday Season!
The season has nothing to do with football, Black Friday, turkey, pie, parties, gifting, or getting. Those are what society piles on top of the season.
The season starts with Thanksgiving, continues through Christmas and leads into the New Year. It is a time of thanks, a second chance, and incorporating both into our lives in the new year.
And, it all starts with Thanksgiving. What are we thankful for?
It is easy to be thankful when we get the things we want, desire, or crave. But, thanksgiving can have a deeper meaning, such as: when we are thankful for the blessings we receive; or the generous gift of love from God that may go unnoticed by us because we are so busy; or the gifts we take for granted without a thought such as the wonderful gift of our very lives.
Another side of thanksgiving is that genuine feeling of "you shouldn't have!," Or put more accurately, to confess that we know that we actually don't deserve any of these gifts and blessings that we have been given.
The knowledge that we get from giving thanks also provides the basis for giving freely to others. It's my belief that we do not receive all of our blessing so that we can be a hoarder, sit back, and guard our stockpile of blessings. We should bless others because of the blessings we have received.
So we might ask ourselves what are we thankful for? And, how can we share our thankfulness with others?
At Forever In Stitches we are thankful God, family, country, for you and others around us. We feel we are thankful to be blessed to be able to share our love of quilting with you and to be of service to you.
We are also thankful for the air we breathe, the oxygen in our blood, the heart pumping. We are even thankful for people who seem abrasive to us as they provide us with new perspectives on our attitudes, forgiveness and love. I am even thankful for the jerk who cut me off on I-75 because they made me realize I may have unknowingly done the same to someone else.
We trust that you will enjoy, and be thankful for the blessings that are showered upon you, too. And, don't forget to share your thankfulness with others.
May you recognize the blessings in your life.