Best Thanksgiving Dinner Advice Ever

I woke up this morning thinking about National Lampoon’s Christmas. I think my gratefulness of not being made to cook the Turkey was carrying over in too my subconscious. The Turkey dinner scene makes me laugh so hard and also scares the jam out of me.

My family is a bit nuts, but not Griswold crazy status. Which brought me to thinking of the best Holiday advice I have ever been given. By now its been about 12 Years since hearing it, but I pull out this trusty gem 2 or 3 times a year. 

“You do not need to change or advise your family at Holiday gatherings” -Pastor Paul Rienzo

How freeing is that? Conspiracy theories, political discord, and parenting strategy no longer have the power to tank your Holiday. Have you ever seen the lone calm guy in the middle of a heated discussion and wondered what they thinking? I think they figured out what a win would cost in this living room arena. Besides, I bet calm is far more memorable this year that louder and righter.

I pray and hope your Thanksgiving is filled with Joy! We will get through this together.

In His service and at yours!


P.S: If you ever wonder how my abstract and creative brain puts all of the “Red Letter” ideas in cohesive connected sentences. It is due to the incredible help I receive from an extraordinary editor. She is a queen of punctuation, transition and sentence structure. Amanda Marzano, I and everyone that reads this are so THANKFUL for you!

P.S.S. I snuck this post out past her. So if there are errors and missing words it’s all on me. ~SM

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

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