4 Thanksgiving Links from the Tasty to the Meaningful

A few links to make your Thanksgiving better:

Yummier:

I don’t like turkey. In fact, I’d choose beef, ham, chicken every day of the week. Maybe that has to do with the fact that the famous white Albricht birds were strutting their stuff all summer long at their farm on Route 61 a mile from our home as I grew up, but after Thanksgiving, silence. No birds. But after wanting to up my Thanksgiving game, I tried this bird, and well, I wanted seconds. Check out the recipe on Bon Appetit here.

 

More Organized:

Thursday we’ll be in Maryland in St. Michael’s in one house with ten adults and six children. If it’s nice enough, the kids will ride bikes on the driveway. More than likely they’ll want to be inside listening to the adults, playing on the floor in front of the kitchen island. Mom will be making her sausage and mushroom stuffing. I’ll be making mashed potatoes. No one else has enough courage to put in the necessary bars of butter. If I were in charge, I’d want a Thanksgiving mentor. Misty Krasawski from itsabeautifullife.org has us covered. Find Misty Krasawski’s amazing Thanksgiving Timeline post here.

 

More Meaningful:

Throwing Thanksgiving dinner can make even the most organized hyperventilate. We can miss the THANKSGIVING in the midst of the stained and scattered recipe cards, the timeline, and the orders barked at the kids setting the table. Mom introduced this family tradition of the three kernels of corn thirty five years ago and although it’s the very definition of simplicity, what it builds into our family Thanksgiving traditions is profound. I wrote about it over at AnglicanPastor.org today.

 

“I found them in her dining room tucked into a lowboy drawer: a sandwich sized Ziploc bag of corn kernels.  I looked around at the china hutch still full, her table shrunk small.  She had passed away just a week before. She was red-haired spunky but always full of welcome. We had driven to Akron for her funeral. I choked out the eulogy and together Andrew and I had handed out the bread and the wine.”  Click here to read more.

 

Recovery and Rest

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Want to share your favorite Thanksgiving tips? I’d love to hear your family recipes and meaningful traditions right here in the comments!

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What Jesus Says to your Fear *SLOW Word video*

Ever sense you can already feel the spray from an impending circumstance, like Peter overwhelmed by that coming wave?

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Anticipation becomes worry. The worry deepens.

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You stand on the water and watch the swells and can’t help but calculate the time for the massive roll to reach you. You try your darndest to push it back down into your subconscious to strong arm your day but that nauseous feeling has a way of rising back up unbidden.

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Maybe it’s a credit card bill that’s looming, a deadline, a yearly procedure, the prospect of connecting with a family member that always leaves you cradling a tangled mass of emotions.

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Maybe your wave is way simpler: morning. Maybe just waking up and punching in and going through the motions leaves you drained and apprehensive.

Get still. Take a couple deep breaths and then ask yourself: what am I anxious about?

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When you have the answer, enter into the story of Peter walking on the water as if you are Peter.

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Hear Jesus in front of you inviting you out onto the rough sea. Hear his voice saying, “Come.” Take that first step out of the boat. Linger with Jesus for a moment and enjoy His company. You have just heard him say: “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” How do you feel when you’re with Him? Stay there a moment. Then feel the water just under your feet, flooding your sandals, the fierce wind pulling at your hair, playing with your clothing. Feel the spray of the water. See the wave coming, and then be present with Christ with your wave.

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What happens next, Dear One?

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Listen. Watch.

Join me in a short 11 minute lectio divina on Matthew 14:26-31a

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Let the Word become a springboard for prayer.

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