Giving Thanks in 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving was different this year. We exchanged dishes with my daughter’s family but enjoyed the meal in our separate homes. My granddaughter made a delicious bundt cake and dinner rolls. Another granddaughter made the cranberry sauce. I made my traditional cornbread stuffing. We all had a wonderful meal. In the evening we zoomed with our children and grandchildren in New Mexico, Kansas and Illinois.

I’m thankful for family and the ability to connect over zoom. We celebrated six birthdays this month—daughter, spouses and grandchildren. God has blessed us.

In the United States we have so much that we can access. I am grateful that all the ingredients for the cornbread dressing are easily available—butter, herbs, chestnuts and more. And turkeys are abundant in the grocery stores.

Cornbread dressing

The apples, berries and currants were made into pies. We are blessed to have these available.

A hymn written by Martin Rinkart (1586 – 1649) expresses thanksgiving joy.

Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things has done, in whom His world rejoices;

Who from our mother’s arms, hath blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

What if we began and ended each day pausing to give thanks for something? I know it would lift my spirits in this unusual year.

Linking this post with Inspire Me Monday and the Five Minute Friday writing community. The writing prompt given by Kate is: GRATEFUL

Author: Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

6 thoughts on “Giving Thanks in 2020”

  1. Thanks for sharing your 2020 Thanksgiving with us–and your cornbread stuffing recipe. I am so grateful for technologies like Zoom that are helping us stay connected even when we’re apart. And I’m grateful that, unlike toilet paper, turkeys were easy to find, haha.

  2. how sweet that you were still able to exchange dishes with one another and sort of “eat together” in that way! God bless you and thank you for sharing your words.

  3. I’m grateful for the giants,
    those heroes known of old
    who in their stern defiance
    cannot but make us bold
    to preach a loving Gospel,
    God’s holy timeless word
    unto a world gone hostile,
    whose vision has been blurred
    by modern mediocrity,
    a need for pleasing all;
    but we hold the veracity
    of what has caused the Fall,
    and witness that God will remain
    with us to heal our sinful pain.

    1. For the cornbread in the recipe I bake a loaf (9″x3″) of cornbread the day before making the dressing. The dressing is a family favorite.

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