Thanksgiving Grace

Amish Holidays, Amish view, Christian living Comments: 10

Three Cute Thanksgiving and Harvest vertical BannersToday I wanted to write to you about GRACE and how we can extend it to our families. I don’t mean the kind of grace like you say before a meal, though those are good too! I’m talking about offering something special to your family this holiday season.

Wikipedia defines grace as the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.” That’s an awesome definition. I’ve always thought of grace as “unmerited favor.” You don’t earn it. You receive it. And you can offer it to others.

Have you ever noticed that some people get tense if you even mention the holidays? I’ve seen people groan, roll their eyes, change the subject, even reach for more chocolate. I’ve been guilty of a few of those things! I think there are a lot of reasons for this, but the primary one is that life is complicated. Right? Kids grow up, move to different places, have various obligations. Not to mention the pressure to have the “perfect meal” or “perfect day” is incredible.

So how about we offer each other GRACE instead? We can say and believe that “it’s okay.” Can’t make it for dinner? Not a problem–because we know you love us. Have other obligations? Not a problem! Burned the turkey? Heat up a pizza!!!!

Part of the reason we respect the Amish is they are able to keep these things in perspective. This holiday season, we could step back, take a deep breath and thank the Lord for our blessings, and then we perhaps we can find the courage to offer one another GRACE. And if you really enjoy making the traditional dinner, and are worried your family can’t come, then ask folks at your church. Be a special blessing to someone else.



ps – the winner of the cancer wall hanging and book was RUTH SMITH. All of your comments really touched my heart. A big thank you to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for more give-aways!



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10 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Grace

  1. Judy B

    I already know that we won’t have any family joining us this year for Thanksgiving or for Christmas. I already know that if we extended an invite to some of our family members they would ignore it and go about their business. We are o.k. with that. So, that being said, I have already been thinking of inviting someone from our church to join us for a Thanksgiving meal. It is just the two of us but I make a turkey and all the trimmings to go with it, enough to feed an Army. I have made a huge meal every year.

    Extending Grace to others is always a good thing.

    Great post Vannetta!

    Judy B

    P.S. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Judy, so glad you are reaching out to others this holiday season. Blessings to you, my friend.

        1. Shirley Chapel

          I pray that God will grant me grace and love during Thanksgiving and Christmas and throughout the New Year.
          My daughter wants to prepare the meal for Thanksgiving and bring it here.That is love and grace on her part and I love her for it.Sometimes it’s hard to sit back and let others do something for us isn’t it?

  2. Melissa L.

    Congratulations to Ruth! We have not spent the last few years with family for the holidays since we do not live near any. It is ok because we have spent some really great times with friends. This year we will be moving so we will most likely go out for Thanksgiving. But that is ok also, this is a only a season in our lives. With God’s Grace we have been really Blessed!