Thanksgiving: Reminding yourself of what He’s done
FACEBOOK THANKS: Here’s a simple idea for the next time you jump into Facebook to check out your friend’s activities….upon leaving Facebook, take a few seconds to offer a word of thanks for the friends with whom you have interacted. This simple additional post-fb activity changes the experience dramatically. There is something special about taking a step back from your normal active life randomly during the day and pausing to reflect upon it, to give thanks for friends, to bless those are struggling, to simply enjoy the moment.
PSALM RE-WRITE: Here’s a little idea that I pull out every now and then: I like to re-write Psalm 136….you know the one with the phrase that repeats all the way through: “His love endures forever” (or something similar depending on your translation).
- Read it through one time as it is in its original version.
- Go back and notice that at verse 9 in begins to recount the story of the Exodus.
- Now start at the beginning. Read it aloud slowly and thoughtfully. But this time substitute phrases of your own story at verse 9 (your own exodus maybe) taking your cue from the style of the Psalm….”to Him who_____” ….each time repeating and even “tasting” the beautifully simple refrain “His love endures forever”. (I think saying it aloud is hugely important! The continual repetition is a symbol of the forever-ness)
- After you do that for as long as you like, kick back in to the ending of the Psalm at verse 23 to finish it off.
I think you’ll agree that it makes for a great opening course….like a hearty salad….a mix of praise and thanksgiving.
Variation 1: try this the next time you are at the beach. Sit in the sand where you can feel the waves wash around you repeatedly. You don’t need a Bible. Recite phrases from your own story…..try to time the repetition of the phrase “His love endures forever” with the repetition of the waves. Also realize that you are in the presence of classic symbols of “forever-ness”: the sea, the sand, the sky. Soak it in. Let it cleanse you. Let it heal you. Feel the big picture. Play your role in the story.
For my life – I give You thanks
For my home – I give You thanks
For my job – I give You thanks
For your calling – I give You thanks
Food : gracias
Friends : merci
Family : obrigado
Fun : grazie
SLICE OF LIFE:
Take just a slice of your life – a moment of transition, of confusion, of illness, of transcendence and thank your way though the details….the people, the events, the decisions.
Feel free to express your gratitude however you feel at the moment: say it, sing it, draw it, write it, walk it or eat it….which leads to an interesting variation…
Variation 1: give thanks silently for a slice of your amazing life the next time you eat a slice of amazing pizza.
Variation 2: this “slice of life” idea can easily transfer to other ways of praying: take a slice of your life and pray a phrase of blessing or intercession on those that come to mind.