Jan gives us this Friday Five:
I've been home from Russia for less than a week, and in less than a week it is Thanksgiving Day in the USA (Nov. 24). So for this Friday Five, answer these questions (and if they don't apply to you, list five things you are grateful for):
We will be in Texas with my whole side of the family - thirteen of us in all!
2. Are there any family traditions or memories associated with Thanksgiving?
Food, football, festivities!
3. What will be on your Thanksgiving menu?
It's a pretty traditional menu - turkey and stuffing with all the fixings.
4. Are you trying anything new this Thanksgiving?
This year, because all of us can be together on Thanksgiving, we're celebrating "Thanksmas." Thanksgiving on Thursday, Christmas on Friday, and my eldest son's birthday thrown in somewhere!
5. What is the weather forecast for this day (next Thursday)?
Sunny and 68 degrees.
Bonus: Prayer, poem, song, or whatever you choose to exemplify your image of Thanksgiving (giving thanks).
My favorite Thanksgiving hymn:
Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the Creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
God's banners are o'er us, His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light.
His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a Song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
"To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!"