It’s no coincidence that this time of year turns my thoughts toward thankfulness. It is well known that a habit of gratefulness has many benefits. This time of year we are also still working to get our new routine into place, finding our rhythm in this particular season of life.
I thought it would be a good time to become a little more intentional with another habit of prayer – noon thanksgiving. (To read more about habits of prayer, click here.)
For me, thanksgiving is a fitting way to mark this “hour” of prayer. Here’s why:
1. Noon is usually busy! We are finishing up our morning activities and moving into lunch preparation. I’m usually in the kitchen, often multitasking. But offering a few words of thanks to God does not actually take that much “extra time.” It’s something that can be woven into whatever I’m doing. (This is an example of how we can practice the presence of God.)
2. Noon is usually visible. 12:00 is easy to spot on the clock. Everyone sees the hands pointing up and they get hungry. It’s a good trigger to pause. It’s a good reminder to lift my thanks up. It’s also tied to the eating of lunch, and one of the best ways to get a new habit going is to piggyback it onto a well established habit. (I won’t be forgetting to eat lunch anytime soon, trust me. I’m a hobbit at heart.)
3. Noon can be a little stressful. By this point, enough things can have gone wrong to start to sour the day. But a little thanksgiving can rescue it. Gratitude fills my thoughts with the good, the true, and the beautiful. Gratitude can change perspective, and that can change my attitude (coincidently, the only one I can control).
And so it seems a fitting time to give my thanks and praise.
A fitting time to gather the little treasures of the day and turn them over in my hand.
A fitting time to take note, to take joy, to take part in all the goodness the Father lavishes on us.
A fitting time to look up and simply say, “Thank you.”
It's amazing how a little bit of gratitude can rescue a bad day! I have pages in my planner for recording my thanks during my morning quiet time. It really helps adjust my mood for the day and attune my heart and eyes to the gifts I encounter throughout.
wow, what a great idea! I never thought of doing something at lunch time instead of breakfast or dinner. I'm going to try to implement this! Thanks!