Earlier this month we had a staff celebratory lunch. For many this would be identified as a Thanksgiving lunch…but those who planned it titled it slightly differently–as a “thanks-living celebration.”

Yes, there were Thanksgiving decorations and a Thanksgiving menu. But thinking about it in terms of “thanks-living” made me ponder a bit.

How do I celebrate this time of year?

Is it just a time to get together with family–and pig out and watch football? Getting together with family is¬†important…and so is the joy of eating together (but not pigging out!). But that’s not the only focus of Thanksgiving.

To think of it as Thanks-living means definitely acknowledging the blessings I’ve received…gifts of family, friends, shelter, food, a faith community… But it also means realizing that with those blessings comes responsibility–responsibility of sharing with others out of the abundance I have…whether that sharing is in the giving of food supplies so that others may have enough, giving financially to organizations that help others, making a commitment to share myself and my time…

May this Thanksgiving truly be a season of thanks-living for all of us.