Refresh Your View of Thanksgiving

Do you remember the traditional story of the first Thanksgiving?

Is it still taught to children in elementary school classrooms across the country?

Maybe it’s tucked so deep beneath the Halloween decorations and the Christmas preparation that the details are dim and no longer inspiring. Can you even find a picture of pilgrims kneeling on dirt, praying to God with Native Americans standing in the background? I have panic attacks thinking about how much of our heritage I’ve set aside or forgotten to keep alive for my family.

 

At least we can bring out those cleverly painted wooden plaques we buy at Home Goods and Target with italicized words like THANKFUL, and BLESSED, or WELCOME HOME! to remind us to reflect on virtues we often neglect in the normal course of a year.

This year as we mention names we remember around the Thanksgiving table, let’s attach a specific memory to those names. We can keep people from fading into dusty scrapbooks and storage bins in our family histories.

For example:

 

 

“I’m thankful for our friend, Clint Kelly, who recently achieved his eternal reward. Clint loved well and well-loved. He served NCWA faithfully and tirelessly for thirty years. He leaves us a legacy to carry forward through the next generation.”

“I’m thankful for the Godly heritage of our country’s founders, who wisely and prayerfully drafted documents delineating freedoms and rights for citizens not found nor protected in other societies. The words THANKFUL and BLESSED merely scratch the surface on this topic.”

“I’m thankful for each member of NCWA, who moves the ball of The Greatest Story Ever Told, down the field another few yards each year. For the leaders who have served for decades, and for those who are bravely suiting up for the first time this year, set on the offensive line, creating new game plans, to help the whole team win.”

Whether you celebrate with paper turkeys on your door or pilgrim candles on your table, you’re an important piece of our unique national day of Thanksgiving.

How will you use your time, your words, and your influence to encourage others to remember what it means to be truly thankful?

Write it all down. It might make a great book!

 

 

If you’re a writer or a reader in the Seattle area, please join us for the December monthly meeting.

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Jill Esau is the President of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and oversees the annual writers conference the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal. The conference this year is May 15-16, 2020, featuring Mary DeMuth. Esau is the author of Start and Grow Your Faith-Based Nonprofit.

 

 

Christmas Lights

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As we Journey Toward Bethlehem

by Lynn Severance

Bethlehem.This word when used in reference to the city in Palestine, a short distance from Jerusalem, has deep meaning to Christians as the celebration of Christ’s birth marks our calendars…

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Gifts on My Wish List

by Lydia Harris

“What do you like about Christmas?“ I asked my young granddaughter.

“Presents!” she replied with a giggle. I wasn’t surprised. I would have answered the same way when I was her age…

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O Come Let Us Adore Him

by Cindy Scinto

“Brad didn’t put Christmas lights up this year?” my husband, John, asked with a tone of disbelief.

“I don’t think he did.” I continued stirring the saucy mixture in a potful of chicken asada…

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The Light of Christmas

by Joan Rawlins Husby

Our home is cozy this afternoon. Outside, it’s raining and foggy, two conditions that often coincide in northwest Washington’s…

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For unto us a Son is given…

by Connie Mace

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His Name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

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Thanksgiving Praise

We  hope these posts by NCWA members will add to your Thanksgiving Praise.

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The Accidental Capitalists

by Dennis Brooke

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Hymn of Grateful Praise

by Kimberly Cotton Ireton

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Thanksgiving Beyond America

by Ardis A. Nelson

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 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.
 1 Chronicles 16:34

Christmas Light from Writers

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Bringing Home a Grudge for Christmas?

By Donna Perugini

Families members coming together for the Christmas season sometimes bring more than themselves.

Once you understand what a grudge is, you’ll see what  memories and feelings…good and bad, come with the family…

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Unwrapping the Heart of Christmas

By Cherrie Herrin-Michehl

A few years ago, shortly after drying the  Thanksgiving dishes, I started to panic.  How would I get Christmas together?  My heart raced and my palms felt sweaty as I thought of everything I had to do before the big day – shop, decorate…

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The Christmas Centerpiece by Laura Smith

“Oh!” I clasped my hands together in elation as our teacher showed us an example of the centerpieces we would be making for our mothers. This was beautiful, and I could already envision…

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Thanksgiving Praise

Hope these posts add to your Thanksgiving praise!

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By Kimberlee Conway Ireton

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By Cherrie Herrin-Michehl
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Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Christmas Light

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by Dennis Brooke

Christmas traditions have many origins. Nobody really knows who first had the idea of chopping down an evergreen tree, propping it up in their hut, and decorating it. The tradition of Silent Night was supposedly born when…
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by Lorie Reichel-Howe
As always
God approaches
As promised
Deity morphed
Humanity embraced…

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by Amy Letinsky

I’m a sucker for Christmas carols. This time of year, it always amazes me how worship songs are being played on the secular stations, how the big pop stars are proclaiming Jesus as Savior in their music…

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Christmas Heart Check: Don’t Stress Over the Stuff
by Arlyn Lawrence

One week to go before Christmas, and time for a check-in.
I don’t mean checking things off my Christmas “to do” list or “to buy” list — although those certainly need doing.  What I mean is checking my “heart list” to make sure my attitudes and motivations are right…

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by Rev. Michael Duncan
You have heard the phrase, “Wise men still seek Him.” I want you to capture that thought as you consider how to approach this season of celebration and love.

Let me set the stage. The night was cold. A clear sky, emblazoned by millions of twinkling stars, is enflamed with one star…

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by Janalyn Voigt

The Holidays can amplify time issues. Believe me, I know. Here’s a last-minute punch list I developed in time-pressed years. I hope it helps you. You don’t need to do everything on the list. Pick and choose.

My Last-Minute Christmas Punch List:

Finalize Gift List – If you’re stumped…
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by Marlene Anderson
“Do you hear what I hear?” So go the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs. Do you hear the baby Jesus, born in a stable on a cold winter’s night so long ago? His mother and father and shepherds heard…
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by Jan Cline
I sang a song in church a few weeks ago that was in Mary’s point of view. I had to stop and remind myself that her situation was indeed unique and certainly different from the others in the stable that night. The other observers could admire, adore, worship and walk away. Mary and Joseph however were Jesus’ parents…

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by Cindy Scinto
O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie …
O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth
Tis’ the season to be peaceful? Glaring lights, tinseled ornaments, merchants, advertisers, and profiteering…
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by Connie Mace
From Throne of GOD, Gabriel carries a message to the young virgin.
GOD has a plan.
His Spirit will overshadow, GOD bearer she will be.
But her plans and dreams–clutch them in fists tight?
~~Eternity’s plan
lies balanced
upon Mary’s hands…
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