Happy Thanksgiving

By Mark Hopper

One of the ways that I know that Thanksgiving is coming is when I see Pumpkin pies at Costco.  I love Pumpkin pie and I get excited to see them in season at Costco. Their pies are big and they taste good!

My wife loves to decorate our house in different ways for the changing seasons.  She has special dishes and table decorations specifically for Thanksgiving.  She has had our dinning room table decorated for weeks.  You probably have plenty of Thanksgiving decorations at your house too.

Fall leaves and pumpkins are on display in many stores.  We may not have the Fall leaves like they do back east, but at least we have some in the local stores!  We really don’t have the Fall weather either, but even in Southern California there are hints of the changing seasons.

My favorite part of Thanksgiving isn’t the food or decorations.  It is having our family together.  I really enjoy seeing our dinner table surrounded by our family on Thanksgiving Day.  These days we have some little ones who make it even more fun.

Sometimes we have had extra guests at Thanksgiving.  When our children were in college, they sometimes brought home friends or roommates who could not go home for Thanksgiving.  We were glad that our kids felt comfortable to invite guests to join us for the day.

On a few occasions, we have traveled to Arizona or Northern California to be with our extended family.  The traffic can be crazy on the Thanksgiving weekend, but it was worth the effort to be with our parents and grandparents for Thanksgiving.

I suspect that you have some holiday traditions in your family.  Take time to enjoy the moment.  Share what you are thankful for and listen to what others share, too.  Look around your dinner table and make a mental note of who is with you.  Let them know how thankful you are to have them in your life.

Many verses in the Bible remind us to give thanks to God.  Psalm 100 says, “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. The Lord is good, His love endures forever and His faithfulness to all generations” (4-5).

I hope that you enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving this year.  I hope you will invite some guests to join you and your family at your dinner table. And, I hope you will join your hearts in prayer and give “thanks” to God for his abundant blessings in your life.  You will be glad you did and He will too!

Pastor Mark Hopper

Efree Church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd


Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM



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