It was in 1863 amidst Civil War in the US, that President Abraham Lincoln first officially proclaimed we as a Nation should “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November…as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
Here’s how you can share in this expression of Thanksgiving, as we collectively pause this week to give thanks:
- As a dancer, you are gifted with expressing yourself through movement. Take time to reflect on the things you are grateful for and create a dance to perform for your family or relatives. Use music that fits the occasion or speaks to your feelings. You can ask someone to video tape you and share it on our page. As you know, we can give glory and praise to God through dance and we’d love for you to bless your loved ones with this gift.
- Make a “Gratitude Box”. Use colored paper or wrapping paper to cover any size box you choose. Then decorate as you like and pick your favorite quote about thankfulness or bible verse for the top. Next, cut strips of paper to put inside. Have it available at your family gathering, and ask people to take a minute to write down something they are thankful for this year and place it back in the box. You can then have someone read them out loud during your Thanksgiving meal, or choose to leave them unread and pray over them.
- Write an email or letter to someone who has made a difference in your life. You can even use an online card from Dayspring and express yourself in that way. A short, simple note of thanks can mean the world to someone.
- Pamper yourself as a form of gratitude. Take time to thank God for your body and the gifts he’s bestowed to you. Remember your body is a temple. Try a hot saltwater bath, some lemon water, candles for ambiance and a good book or devotional for your meditation time. Now relax, you’ve earned it!
May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.