Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thanksgiving Day thoughts November 24, 2016



WHEN I PHOTOGRAPHED this bulletin board at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church in Faribault, I failed to notice the missing “s” on THANK. Not until I viewed the image on my computer did I see the letter near the pilgrim man’s shoe.

Was this intentional?

I suppose it doesn’t really matter, because the message posted here is to share our blessings and to be forgiving. The creator of this display also expresses gratitude for that giving.

So how do you share your blessings?

To answer that, you first must recognize those blessings. Are they family, friends, health, wealth, food—what?

Add to that list your talents. We all have them, whether it be the ability to sing, the ability to sew, the ability to care for others, the ability to repair or build, the ability to create, the ability to teach, the ability to..

We can use our gifts for good purposes or not so good. We can choose to focus outward rather than inward. We can choose to be kind rather than combative. We can choose to listen rather than to talk about ourselves. We can choose compassion and empathy over mean-spiritedness and I told you so.

Today, on this national day of Thanksgiving, I hope you will choose not only to reflect on all the goodness in your life. But I hope you will also reflect on what it means to use those blessings in ways that will benefit others.

Strive to listen and to care, genuinely care. At the dinner table, ask about those who are absent, who live far away, who would love to be with you. If a friend or family member is dealing with a challenge, be attentive and supportive rather than pretending everything is alright or totally ignoring the issue. Something as simple as “How are you doing?” can bring comfort.

We each have the opportunity to stretch this day beyond simply being thankful for everything we have. Rather, we hold the opportunity to extend grace, love and compassion to others. May you be the recipient of those blessings today and may you also share them.

Happy Thanksgiving, my dear gracious readers!

FYI: To inspire and uplift you, consider subscribing to weekly messages of encouragement from Twin Cities based Christian radio station KTIS. Click here for more information.

And click here to read Hands & Feet, suggestions for serving and encouraging others.

Finally, please click here to listen to an uplifting message in the song “Beautiful” by MercyMe.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Thanksgiving Day thoughts”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Thanksgiving Blessings to you, dear Friends………..The holidays seem to bring out bittersweet moments that may be viewed as challenges or opportunities/negatives or positives. Emotions may override healthy thinking “in the moment”. My prayer is for peace……..His Peace……..that surpasses human understanding (I understand that more today than ever before!). Hugs….

  2. Blessings of the day to you and all of your friends and loved ones Audrey!

  3. Littlesundog Says:

    I loved your thoughts on that bulletin board message. I don’t think I even noticed the missing “S” nor the separation of the word Forgiving. Clever. We will be with a group called “The Misfits”. We are a gathering of people without family, too distant to be with family, and from broken families. Every year it’s pretty much the same folks and we are thankful to be a motley crew joined together as friends who are compassionate and loving. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Audrey.

  4. Carol Says:

    Excellent point — we have to recognize our blessings.
    Audrey, thank you for your always-interesting posts!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  5. Valerie Says:

    Thank you Audrey, for these wonderful words and reminders. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    it sounds to me like you made the best of the day despite the absence of your children. You always seem to find the positive in everything you do which can be uplifting.

  7. Happy Belated Thanksgiving

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