Thankful Conversations

Blessed Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…a time to gather with friends and family and share what we are thankful for. Strangers seem to strike up conversations while standing in lines waiting to pick up their turkeys or pies. Asking questions about who they will be spending time with, what they are going to fix, where they might be traveling cracks open the door to conversation about what’s important, what they are thankful for. I found it quite interesting this week some of the conversations I had with strangers while standing in line….waiting not to purchase a turkey but to pick up Hostess items which would soon become “extinct.”

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to pick up some “apple pies” for Thanksgiving, get a head start on some Twinkies for stocking stuffers and even some Wonder Bread as gag gifts (we have strange family gift-giving traditions!). Apparently a lot of others had the same idea. Shelves that had been lined perfectly with preparations for the holidays had barren spaces where these snacks once resided.

The tall, young clerk looked strangely at me as I set down my items to purchase – six “apple pies” which I told him were for Thanksgiving. He didn’t get the joke but the older gentleman to my left saw my Hostess purchase and began to tell me how when he was in Vietnam people would ship over cases of Twinkies and how he and his buddies felt special and cared for with the arrival of this special treat. He joked that they all knew they didn’t have an expiration date but it really didn’t matter because they’d be gone as soon as the box was opened. He said it brought back memories of being home and was thankful that he was remembered so far away. A woman got in line behind me and said she had to find some of her childhood treats to take home to her young son so that they could sit together, share some yumminess while she told him of some of her special childhood memories. I can remember my parents letting us walk to the corner store on Sundays to purchase a paper and we’d often get to pick out treats – mine were the Cupcakes and my sister’s were the Snowballs. We felt so mature and responsible venturing out on our own around the corner to make our purchases and thankful our parents trusted us to take those baby steps toward becoming independent.

The clerk stood rather dazed as he listened to our conversations not having a clue about why this seemed important to us. Now I know most people don’t think of a Ho-Ho, Ding-Dong or Lemon Zinger as a rich topic of discussion but as I drove home I wondered how many conversations I’ve missed out on that might have lead to deeper, richer relationships with people. How many people do I know but don’t really know? Have I taken opportunities to get to discover their hopes, their hurts, their joys, their fears? Have I shared my faith? Have I found out how I could pray for them or ask God to bless them? How many opportunities to strike up a conversation with a stranger have I not recognized?

Today take this opportunity to engage in rich conversations as you gather around your Thanksgiving table. Be thankful for the blessings of friends and family and people you’ve yet to meet. Be rich in conversation daily with Jesus as you grow deeper in your relationship with Him.

Bountiful blessings,

Nancy Nickoley

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,  may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 

Ephesians 1:16-17

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