On Monday of this week we spent more time than necessary in the church office deciding/agreeing on just the right “church sign quote” for this week—given we are headed toward Thanksgiving Day.
We had a terrible time trying to be, you know—original, witty, and poignant. Here are two of the runners-up:
- God welcomes even the biggest of turkeys!
- We don’t need to pray for more to be thankful for, but to be more thankful!
We settled on “Honk if you are thankful!” Though it wasn’t my favorite, I’ll admit it’s been fun listening to the horns blowing as folks have passed by the church. Cross Plains seems to be a thankful people!
There’s a steady flow of traffic down Hwy 25. In fact, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel weekend of the year. Around 40 million people each year travel more than 50 miles in order to share Thanksgiving dinner with their families. It is estimated that the average Thanksgiving traveler covers 214 miles.
I think that’s because people all yearn for home and family!
Though the actual events of Thanksgiving Day can be rather underwhelming — whether it’s watching the Macy’s Parade, football, or eating mass quantities of traditional food. Then there’s the cleanup, a bit more TV, and that just about sums up the day for many of us. But we love it.
That’s because, in a sentence, it’s about being with family.
I talked with my mom and dad this morning. They can hardly wait for Thanksgiving Day. “All the family,” to quote dad, “is going to be together!” He’s right, it will be fun.
So go ahead and watch the parade and the games, if you wish. Drive several hours to grandma’s house and back. Eat way too much turkey. Take a long nap. Or whatever it is that you and yours do.
My prayer is that you will do it with those you love. And above all, be thankful to God for them.