In this hectic life crammed with schedules, appointments, and to-do lists, Thanksgiving arrives as a welcome break. Sure, you could convert your Thanksgiving celebration into another item on your to-do list, but I like to look forward to meeting up with old friends and family members.
As a part of the Thanksgiving tradition, I usually invite many people over. Once the number even crossed fifty. Thankfully, I managed to fit them all into my home. I like to stick to the traditional fare; it is one of the rare occasions that we get to pass on our heritage to the younger generation.
What I like most about Thanksgiving is that you get to spend time with your loved ones. Even though we stay in touch constantly through emails, chats, and messages, modern telecommunication can never replace personal interaction. The warmth that you receive in a dear one's hug, or kiss, cannot compare with e-cards and animated flowers. That makes Thanksgiving an occasion to escape the technology bubble and connect in a physical realm.
Everybody looks forward to the Thanksgiving feast. The turkey, the pies, and the celebration. However, Thanksgiving is incomplete without a moment of reflection. Spare a moment, and say a tiny prayer of gratitude for life's little blessings. For, it is these little blessings that enrich our life. Here are some inspirational Thanksgiving quotes and sayings that will help you create your own thanksgiving prayer.
Frank A. Clark
If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.
Konrad von Gesner
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
Samuel Adams, First Official Thanksgiving Proclamation
It is therefore recommended... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor.
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise… then you will discover the fullness of your life.
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Margaret Junkin Preston
But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie;
Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
H. U. Westermayer
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.
Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
W. J. Cameron
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.
G. A. Johnston Ross
If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe, Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot do less than acknowledge my dependence.
Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
To know the value of generosity, it is necessary to have suffered from the cold indifference of others.
When I started counting my blessings; my whole life turned around.
Praise now is one of the great duties of the redeemed. It will be their employment for ever.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
Charles E. Jefferson
Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.
God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.
E. J. Conrad
One distinguishing mark of an unregenerate man is ingratitude.
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.