It’s Not Thanksgiving Without A Moment of Thanks

November 3, 2012 | By | Comments (9)

We asked some of our favorite scribes to riff on the part of their down-home Thanksgiving they simply couldn’t do without. Here’s what they said. (Stay tuned for more…)

A Moment of Thanks

Photo by Jennifer Davick

Over the years, our Thanksgiving has become like a family reunion. My father, Billy Graham, has 5 children, 19 grandchildren, and 40-something great-grandchildren. Thanksgiving has grown so large—last year we had 70 people, and that wasn’t even all of us—he has the feast catered so the burden won’t fall on anyone.

After dinner, we set chairs in a horseshoe and put Daddy in the middle. Each person shares something they’re thankful for, a blessing they experienced in the past year. Not just the adults, but the kids too. If we finish eating at 2, we might be there until 4:30. After the last shared blessing, someone reads Psalm 100, and then Daddy closes with prayer.

Sometimes he prays with more energy, like he’s preaching. But now that Mother is gone—she passed in 2007—it seems more reflective. When he’s praying, it’s like he has one foot in Heaven. It’s like we have a link, like we’re overhearing a conversation between Daddy and God. And, to borrow from Psalm 100, that’s a joyful noise.

COMMENTS

  1. JoAnne T. Baldwin

    sounds like a blessed day to me.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm
  2. Betty Louise Pope

    Love reading that .I’mThankful for a perrson that God gave us when He shared Billy Graham
    with the whole world.

    November 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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  4. Jerri Kaye Doggett

    What a wonderful story. A Thanksgiving inspiration to us all.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm
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