Over at RevGals, Jan has this week’s Friday Five:
I’ve been home from Russia for less than a week, and in less than a week it is Thanksgiving Day in the USA (Nov. 24). So for this Friday Five, answer these questions (and if they don’t apply to you, list five things you are grateful for):
1. Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day? With whom? We will be here at our house. We’re hosting friends from church who want to join a larger table. Right now there’s 16 names in the pot… how about yours?
2. Are there any family traditions or memories associated with Thanksgiving? Well, the memories of our kids’ endless parade of “hand turkeys” made me chuckle when I saw this comic strip today…
One of our favorite traditions was writing things we were thankful for on leaves and then using them to decorate the center of the table. We let everyone add to the pile in the middle of the table, and our girls were quite enthusiastic about it. Conspicuous for their frequency were the names of the cats and book titles!
3. What will be on your Thanksgiving menu? Turkey, regular and gluten/dairy free stuffing, gravy, and cranberries. We are making pies, and maybe cookies, if we have time. The rest of the guests are bringing side dishes to fill out the menu. There’s some good cooks around me. I’m looking forward to that!!
4. Are you trying anything new this Thanksgiving? This is the first year we have had an “open table” Thanksgiving. It’s something we have wanted to do… and now we are!
5. What is the weather forecast for this day (next Thursday)? Sunny with a high of 47 degrees.
Bonus: Prayer, poem, song, or whatever you choose to exemplify your image of Thanksgiving (giving thanks).
Attributed to Abraham Lincoln:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer
April 30, 1863