Can You and Your Spouse Save Thanksgiving? (Part I)
By Dave Boehi
I remember our first Thanksgiving as a married couple when Merry and I were invited to spend the day with some friends from our church. We enjoyed a great meal, but we had hardly finished eating when someone said, “The game is starting!” and all the men jumped up and fled to the living room, leaving behind a group of unhappy wives.
After that experience we decided we would not allow football to govern the way we celebrated Thanksgiving. We realized it’s easy to let Thanksgiving become just another day, rather than a time to thank God for what He has done in our lives.
Of course, football is just one possible threat to this holiday. In their never-ending effort to edge out the competition, a growing number of America’s retailers have been opening on Thanksgiving Day. We’re missing something when we allow a holiday like Thanksgiving to slip away and become just another shopping day.
I don’t know how to save Thanksgiving in our culture, but I do know we have the power to save it in our own families. If you want to keep Thanksgiving from becoming a meaningless holiday, it will require some team effort with your spouse.
Tomorrow we’ll offer some ideas for redeeming your Thanksgiving celebration.
The Good Stuff: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Psalm 100:4)
Action Points: Set aside some time with your spouse this week to answer these questions together:
- Are we happy with the way we celebrate Thanksgiving?
- What can we do to help people enjoy each other more this year?
- What can we do to focus more on God this year?
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