The best moments of thanksgiving happens right before the meal, when the door bell rings of family arriving and the spices of cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin fill the kitchen. When out of the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of a family member setting the linens, dishes, and food on the table. Any one of these moments could happen any other day. But together, they tell us the story of Thanksgiving. I find that it’s more than just the big moments that can make an impression. It’s in the quieter miracles that seek no attention but they unravel in front of us.
Yes, the holiday season is here. So, the idea of slowing down is something we yearn for but doesn’t seem practical. Something our schedules simply do not allow space for. The idea of finding any time in between the cooking, cleaning, and planning to pause seems irresponsible with everything that needs to be done. But it is not impossible. Being still, does not have to mean sitting on the couch or lying on the bed all day, but we can slow down. I’m learning that slowing down doesn’t have to steal from the responsibilities, but you just have to know what to look for.
I am looking for a heart and mind connection in the smallest pauses throughout the day. It is not a switch we flip on but a daily reminder to see where we can stop and breath. Refocus on the things that matter most. Maybe it starts with getting to know who you are and the things you value outside of the world’s expectations. What brings you peace, uninterrupted? Maybe its making another pot of coffee and standing at the counter watching it brew. Leaning up against the dryer reading a book or magazine. Facetiming a friend to chat or share recipes. What fills you up inside? Some of us can ease into the practice of slowing down, while others are still learning. There is hope to what it might yield over time if we continue to tend to the wonder of practicing how to pause.
Although, this season promises plenty, let’s try a different approach that allows us space to engage in the here and now. Let’s take a gentler approach. Be in tune with your senses, find harmony, and pause. Practice starts today. It can easily begin with a prayer. Witness the glory of being in the presence of God.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:17-18
Approach Thanksgiving softly and witness the miracle of slowing down. Whatever you need at the table, in the kitchen, and for the family, the Lord will make a way to provide. The best thing we could do right now to prepare for tomorrow is to delight in the Lord today!
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