We visited our newly married daughter, who was preparing her first Thanksgiving dinner. I noticed the turkey thawing in the kitchen sink with a dish drainer inverted over the bird. I asked why a drainer covered the turkey. Our daughter turned to my wife and said, “Mom, you always did it that way.”
“Yes,” my wife replied, “but you don’t have a cat!”
Why do you observe certain traditions? Do you participate in the holidays with an engaged consciousness of their original significance? Or, do you find yourself going through the same motions you observed while growing up? Rote tradition may satisfy our need for a connection to our childhood, or for a reassuring sense of the familiar, but this shouldn't be mistaken for a vital spirituality. Don't mindlessly perpetuate the traditions of your parents. Before you rattle off a prescribed list of blessings (for health, for home, for family, etc.) this Thanksgiving—consider them, ponder them, meditate on them. Be sure to take the time to express your humble gratitude to the One Who made them all possible.
“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24).