by Ruth Hallstead
It’s about to be “the most wonderful time of the year”. It’s getting colder, snow is in the air (well, maybe not in Tuscaloosa’s air), stores are assaulting us with advertisements, lights are going up… But wait! It’s only November. There is still one more holiday before Christmas. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching; promising trips home, piles of homemade food, intrusive questions about your future from well-meaning family members, and a much needed break from classes. Amongst all the craziness (or perhaps serenity if you won’t be spending Turkey day with the family), it’s important to remember why we plan to devour Granny’s special whatever. The holiday is called THANKSgiving for a reason– now is the time to reflect on all the blessings we’ve received in the past year and give thanks to the Lord. Sometimes we get into a rhythm “Thank you for the nice day Lord”, “Thanks for the Bama win Saturday (Although, could ya teach Hurts to throw the ball every once in a while?)”, “Thank you for my family, friends, health, etc”, “Thank you for Wesley WooHoo!!!, how else would I occupy all my time?”. Okay, maybe not that last one. But I think you get the point… our gratitude can become routine. When you find yourself repeating the same old “Thanks”, it’s time to try something new. While The Rock may have been acting as Maui, his words ring true for our God. We should thank Him for everything from the sun in the sky to the grass under our toes. When we become tongue-tied like Moana, we can turn to the Psalms. There are some amazing songs of praise and thanksgiving to be found in the Psalms. Take Psalm 30 for example, “Sing praises to the Lord”, “Weeping may last for the night, but JOY comes with the morning!” and “You have turned my mourning into dancing”. Remember the words of the Psalmist as you go about your week. Sing in gratitude, rejoice in the joy of the morning, and dance in thankfulness and admiration for the Lord and his works!