Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Bite of Pie and Thanks

Glazed Pearl Pink


What does it conjure for you? Food, football, sleep, too many dirty dishes? On November 20-something-ish (how's that for a definitive date), at Christianity Today, I'm set to talk about marching farmers and homeless slaves, to reflect on how we can celebrate a festival of thanks. [update: article here.] A partner post called Thanksgiving: Pennies and a Big Blue Sky is up at High Calling Blogs.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, though, I bet you also have a lot to share. That's why I'm extending an invitation...


You are cordially invited by L.L. Barkat to join a Thanksgiving Celebration. Just post about a Thanksgiving memory, something you are thankful for this year, a special family Thanksgiving tradition, your favorite "thanksgiving" bible verse, or anything else you can dream up.

Be serious, spiritual, creative, beautiful, humorous, whatever... it's a celebration and good celebrations welcome all kinds of expression!

As a token of thanks for joining us, L.L. will link to you in the Thanksgiving Celebration post (and Christianity Today and High Calling Blogs will link back to said post, so their readers can check out the full celebration). You can make L.L.'s link-love job easier by dropping a comment at the Thanksgiving Celebration post. See you at the pie table!

To participate in the Thanksgiving Celebration:

1. post your Thanksgiving reflection with the invitation above and this little list of two
2. send the invitation to 5 or more friends (or just stash it in your cyber-drawer as a keepsake and take another bite of pie)

You bring the stuffing, I'll bring the cider. And we can smile, sigh, laugh, weep or dance together across the wires. Happy Thanksgiving!

Though anyone reading this post is free to attend, I'm going to specifically invite...

Ann Voskamp
Jennifer Dukes Lee
Mark D. Roberts
Monica Brand
Tina Howard
Billy Coffey
Ann Kroeker
Jim Martin
Ted Gossard
Erica Hale
Ed Gilbreath


Tina's God Math and Gratitude, Billy's Thanksgiving Story, LL's Grace Table, Erica Hale's Thanksgiving, Jennifer Dukes Lee's Beds, Heidi's An Un-American Thanksgiving, Jennifer at Snapshot's Come on Over to My Place, Katrina's Thankfulness Leaves, Robert and David's Thanks for nothing?, Chris's Beyond Thankful, LL's Nine-Patch Togetherness, Tammy's Baby Grands and Oreo Turkeys, Ann K's Thanksgiving Preview, Christine Scheller's Thankful for 23 Years, Linda's Thanksgiving Memory, Lynn's Thanksgiving, Monica's Five Thanks, Joy's The Definition of Joy, Jim Martin's Thankful, Ann Voskamp's Thanksgiving Rightly Addressed, Ted G's Giving Thanks, Marcus's Thanksgiving, Coffee and the Squanto Hop, LL's Thanksgiving: Out-Take, Sarah's I'm Thankful for Speeding Tickets and Flat Tires, Laughing's Scent of Celebration, Gina's Reflections, Lori's Thanksgiving at the Payne Homestead, Jenni's It Just Doesn't Cut It, Daune's Celebrating His Goodness

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Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

I'm in the kitchen now...
~warm smile~

Humbled by your always grace,

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the invitation. I love pie.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Billy Coffey said...

I'm at the table, knife and fork in hand...

9:43 AM  
Blogger Laurie A. said...

i'm just beyond the door ... hands and heart full. the aromas are heady .......

9:47 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

I'll bring the pumpkin spice cookies...

Thank you...

10:14 AM  
Blogger GratefulinGA said...

Yum! Kyra and I will share a bite! Thank you for the invite!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

Count me in. Though I'm getting drowsy just thinking of the sleep-inducing Tryptophan in the turkey. I'll stay awake long enough to play! Thanks L.L.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How awesome! I love Thanksgiving and am especially looking forward to this year's celebration, so I'll have to see if I can put it into words.

I've been thinking of the stew that you posted on Green Inventions blog a while back -- African Chickpea Stew.

I never did try it, but on my Compassion trip this week, Mary has Ethiopian daughters and Brian is adopting two in a few months.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pumpkin pie is my son's favorite. He's seven and could eat an entire pie in one sitting.

I guess I'd best start rolling out the dough!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Stonefox said...

How wonderful! Count me in.

8:32 PM  
Blogger kirsten said...

an invitation to l.l.'s is something to be very thankful for, as are her original and creative ideas.

i'll be at the table shortly. shall i bring the yams?

8:34 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, L.L. I look forward to reading you over at CT. I was just thinking about giving thanks today, expressing thanksgiving. That may have been from the seed planted in my heart this morning as I looked over your post. Thanks for the invite, and I look forward to participating in it.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am happy to do this! Thanks for the invitation.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Thank you for the gracious invitation! I'll have to see what I can cook up.

6:09 PM  
Blogger RissaRoo said...

I'm honored! What a wonderful invitation. Can't wait to join you all at the table!

11:42 PM  
Blogger Ed G. said...

Thanks for thinking of me. It's been awhile! I have just three words for you: sweet potato pie.

Ed G.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn Jilks said...

Our Canadian Thanksgiving was in October. With our new stage of life we don't celebrate in the same way. Far from friends and family - we hold our memories dear.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay, friend. the post is up. Thanks for inviting me to the feast.

11:41 AM  
Blogger RissaRoo said...

My post is up...thank you so much for your invitation!

2:21 AM  
Blogger Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

I finally posted. I was surprised by what I felt led to write. That can be the most exciting part of writing, I think: The discovery. Thanks for the invitation to share. The writing of this post has awakened a new thankfulness within me.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Stonefox said...

My post is finally up too! Here is the URL: http://www.momsministryandmore.blogspot.com/2008/11/un-american-thanksgiving.html

Doing this post was fun! I can't wait to read the others!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got mine up today!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Mine is up today. You can find it here.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Red Letter Believers said...


Give me a scoop of potatoes!

The Red Letter Believers contribution is found here:
"Thanks for Nothing"


10:05 AM  
Blogger Chris Godfredsen said...

New to HCB and prompted by my friend, Jennifer Dukes Lee, here is my contribution to the feast! May you be blessed as you and many around you are giving thanks.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Prairie Ranch said...

Just found and joined High Callings! We will be excited to work on this project- we have so much to be thankful for every day!
You can find some of the ways that God has allowed us glimpses into His work here-
Wild Horse Hope Ministries
We will post back when the writing project is completed

9:18 PM  
Blogger GratefulinGA said...

Thank you for making me go here, the Oreo Turkey has landed.
blessing and hugs my friend,

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi L.L.,

My contribution has been served ...


Much love, c

2:42 PM  
Blogger Linda Worden said...

Over the river and through the woods, to grandchildren's house we go... Loved wandering down memory lane to quite some time ago.
It's fun to share...

10:24 PM  
Blogger lynnmosher said...

I've added my post entitled Thanksgiving. Thanks for the link-up. Blessings...Lynn

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


my post is ready. come have a taste :) thanks for hosting!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have posted. Thanks for asking.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

I finally got done with my giving thanks post, at least I think I'm done, but will have to check your rules again, which I guess by your book, I'm free to break! :) Thanks for including me, and it was fun and a good exercise for me!

5:24 AM  
Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

I never can follow a recipe just right.
Maybe its the pastry... or the filling? But today's the day, so we just take the pan, smile, and head off to the party...


I'm looking forward to mingling about L.L.

Thank you for such gracious hosting....

8:29 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Valente said...

Thank you for this opportunity!


1:28 PM  
Blogger laughinglioness.lisa@gmail.com said...

Thank-you for hosting the celebration and the open-invite. My post, The Scent of Celebration, is up at http://goldengrasses.blogspot.com
Blessings! Lisa

2:00 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Count me in! Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. No gifts, no commercialism - just giving thanks!
Thanks for giving me an invitation to participate in this Thanksgiving Celebration.
Gotta go - I'm off to the kitchen to bake a pecan pie to take to my son!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I was hoping to join in, but only today have my post up. Hope it's not too late! Thanks for hosting.



11:57 AM  
Blogger Mama K said...

I don't have a blog yet (can't think of a good name that's not taken). But I want to join in the giving of thanks, too, can I join you all? I am thankful that there even is this day set aside for thanks-giving, to remind us to take the time to ponder our gifts, and to be grateful. I am thankful for the way God draws close to us in the hard days, when we learn a deep, life-sustaining, precious, oh-so-precious intimacy with Him that is unique to the valleys. I am thankful for the myriad of little love-gifts He surround us with daily, like cocoa made from scratch, pecan pie, and the first snowfall of the season; The gathering of people who matter to us, watching little people grow, watching siblings laughing together and basking in the love and warmth of family. I love watching my children enjoying each other's company. Husband hugs,baby curls, warm kitchen, good smells, the list is endless. And every good gift, and every perfect gift, comes from Him who never changes. His generous love is constant, in good times and hard. God is good all the time. Wow! my heart swells with love and thanks to Him!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Lorie said...

Great idea. I posted and can't wait to have some pie.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, L.L.!
Though the turkey's gone, and I truly never want to eat potatoes again, I've finally written about my Thanksgiving gratitude.
Thanks for the invite...save me some cranberry sauce, if you have any left!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Melissa Campbell said...

I am honored to accept your kind invitation. Thanksgiving- is my favorite holiday. I'm bringing pie--my mom's apple--and counting our pieces. Thanks for your warm hospitality!


1:08 PM  

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