Give Thanks

By Pamela Hixon Rhea

Before you carve the turkey,

Before you eat the pumpkin pie,

Before you feast on the bounty,

Give thanks unto God on High.

For God gives us the blessings we enjoy,

From Him all blessings flow,

Thank Him for family and friends,

And for the abundance that He bestows.

Thank Him for the freedoms we enjoy,

For our country, strong and free,

For all the toil and sacrifice,

That help to keep our sweet liberty.

And when we sit down at the table,

Let us be thankful "the most"

For Jesus who came to save us —

And let’s thank our Heavenly "Host!"

Thanksgiving

By Maxine Spyres Hixon

Thanksgiving should not be only for a ...   day;

All year thanksgiving should be daily

  remembered —;

Each day of our lives God is, to come first

  and be praised ...

From youth in May ... to age — through ...

  December.

Did you ever ... make a thanksgiving

  list?

Benefits listed — can never exhaust God’s

  Love;

On paper with pen — would be so many

  missed;

All God given bounty — does stem from

  above.

Our sinful hearts — just can’t take it

  all in;

It matters not what blessings we

  receive;

Through God’s mercy — is where it did begin —

No self-righteousness as man may

  perceive.

Be one great or small — thanks should come

  from all;

Not being deserving — does include the

  whole;

Such little thought... never thankful as

  we ought —;

Yet, enjoying all God’s blessings — spirits

  very bold.

We always come asking for this or the

  other;

Something more give ... never ever —

  enough —;

Please give me this ... please give me

  further...

Daring to ask more ... in light of a

  rebuff.

Thanksgiving for blessings ... gives God

  Glory;

Yet, little from us ... who do ask so

  much.

From time we’re young until heads all

  hoary;

Blessings do come ... when thanksgiving

  is much.

Paul and Silas were singing praises in prison

  when their chains were loosed;

Joseph was exalted by God though his brothers

  sold him into Egyptian bondage;

Praising God in times of trouble has great

  reward — can be deduced;

A person’s spirituality — by thanksgiving can

  be gauged ... how much.

It’s Thanksgiving Time Again!

By Pamela Hixon Rhea

It’s time to baste the Butterball,

For it’s Thanksgiving time again,

So bring out the pumpkin pies,

And let the feast begin!

Thinking of that very first Thanksgiving,

At Plymouth long ago —

The pilgrims and the Indians,

What a bounty God bestowed!

It’s a time to be thankful,

For family and friends,

But, most of all for Jesus,

Who our many blessings sends.

A time to reach out to the needy,

And to invite the stranger in...

A time to enjoy togetherness,

As loving hearts do blend.

And how we wish times like these,

Would never, ever end,

Oh, it’s time to baste the Butterball,

For it’s Thanksgiving time again!

A Thanksgiving Poem

By Anonymous

‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving,

But I just couldn’t sleep

I tried counting backwards,

I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned -

The dark meat and white

But I fought the temptation

With all of my might.

Tossing and turning

With anticipation

The thought of a snack

Became infatuation.

So, I raced to the kitchen,

Flung open the door

And gazed at the fridge,

Full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey

And buttered potatoes,

Pickles and carrots,

Beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling

So plump and so round,

‘Til all of a sudden,

I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling,

Floating into the sky

With a mouthful of pudding

And a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell

As I soared past the trees....

Happy eating to all -

Pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty,

May your turkey be plump.

May your potatoes ‘n gravy

Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious

May your pies take the prize,

May your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off of your thighs.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed!