Our tradition for years was to begin our Thanksgiving meal with the reading of Psalm 100.
We went around the table and there were 5 numbered cards on various plates.
#1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
#2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
#3 Know ye that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
#4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.
#5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.
I loved hearing the young people reading these scriptures; I’m not sure what happened to that tradition but times change; seasons of life come and go. And, that is alright – healthy actually! Our God is always doing NEW things so it is okay if we change up our dyed-in-the-wool traditions and habits.
Now, I love to linger AFTER the meal and have fun questions tucked under plates. Those questions bring interesting dialogue and colorful conversation to the table. Our “little’s” are getting bigger and they have wonderfully delightful insights – I am already looking forward to the post-feast discussions.
Regardless of traditions or menu, the one thing all of us need to bring to our tables? Attitudes of gratitude. Hearts of thanksgiving. And, when we do? We can make the most melodious and joyful noise unto our Heavenly Father.