The 5 Senses of Thanksgiving

The 5 Senses of Thanksgiving

How are all your senses involved in Thanksgiving? Start with the sweet aroma of the Lord. Then make a joyful noise for all to hear. Hug. See the need of others. Taste if the Lord is good. In this devotion learn how to use your senses at this time of year for the Spirit of the Lord.

Reference verses: 2nd Corinthians 2:15; Psalm 100:4

15 Minutes • 6 months ago

Episode Notes

The 5 Senses of Thanksgiving

All of our senses get involved in Thanksgiving. God gave us five senses. Some scientists say there may be as many as 12, and that confuses me.

1. The smells of Thanksgiving

“I like this holiday because I have so many smell memories. What it was like to come home and smell what my mother was up to. You can’t replace them with any other smell. The aroma of Thanksgiving always comes to my mind. Of course, the turkey in the oven, and pies and casseroles. Lately, we’ve had a tradition of going down to The Garlic (restaurant in Orlando area). We've had that tradition lately because we have an empty house. We have our Thanksgiving meal there because it’s family style and all of the goodies come out. It smells great and there are no dishes afterward.

I want to give you an exercise over Thanksgiving. I read about it, and it’s so crazy I want to share it with you to show you the importance of the sense of smell at Thanksgiving. Get an onion and cut it up and put that onion to your nose. Get your favorite food and eat it after smelling that onion. You'll see the importance. If you try it, you'll know the importance of the smell.

2 Corinthians 2:15

“For we are to God a sweet fragrance of Christ among those who are saved and among those who perish.” We are a sweet aroma because we have the life of Christ in us and we are sweet to the Lord. There are so many good verses on aroma. I’ve studied the word fragrance in the Bible and I’ve taught a lot of sermons back in the day on fragrance. Most people don't think about the sweet aroma and the sweet fragrance of the Lord.


2. The sense of hearing

Thanksgiving is so full of sounds. The sounds of the Thanksgiving Day parade come to mind, sounds of the marching bands. We've had that privilege of being band parents. Both of our children marched in Thanksgiving Day parades throughout the country. The sound of silence just before the prayer. It’s dad’s request to say, "OK, let’s go around the table and let everybody know what you're thankful for." It’s amazing how quiet the table gets. My children hated that because they had to say something meaningful. We have to try to teach our children to speak thanks and to practice it. They don't walk around in Thanksgiving as we as adults do. But I’m really thankful to be breathing.

Psalm 103:4

“Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.” When we are thankful, we get kinda loud. That’s the sound of Thanksgiving, and there’s a joy to it. There’s an audible vibration of the Lord in our lives, and we become thankful to hear. Soak in the sounds of the Lord.

 

3. The touch of Thanksgiving

There is no Thanksgiving without touch. I miss the hugs and to be able to see the little ones. I’ve thought about what food did I touch. The sense of touch with food like the warm rolls. I can’t eat them anymore, but I sure can see them. I can smell them. My sister and I always had a wishbone war on Thanksgiving. She let me win every year. The wishbone has a connection to Thanksgiving. And, of course, there is the finger-lickin’ good drumstick. I didn't get many drumsticks growing up in a house of boys. I wasn't big enough to defend myself.

Matthew 8:3

“Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I will. Be clean.” When you're sick, you call for the elders of the church to lay hands on you. There is a sense of touch built in. He just touched them that they can be made whole. And the sweet woman who said, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be made whole.” Touch is a part of our senses and we want that touch. That hug, that moment, to touch Him back.

 

4. The sense of sight

I remember my grandmother’s house down in Holly Grove, Arkansas. We would make that trip over the river and through the woods. We really had that experience, sometimes in snow and ice. To remember that full banquet table. Just seeing my grandparents and being a part of them was just special and how special they were with me. I also remember seeing the pies lined up, the pies this year I can’t eat. I’m so looking forward to seeing them. My wife will still make pies because the calendar says it is time to make pies.

Mark 4:12

“So that seeing they may see and not perceive.” Isn't that so biblical that we see and that we don't get it? We see things going on around us and we walk right past people and we don't see with perception that need us. Sometimes we do. Sometimes we look into their eyes and see what’s going on, we can perceive it because we're in tune with the Holy Spirit. We dedicate our lives to wanting to see more in the Spirit. I want to see in the Spirit. I want the scales to fall from my eyes so that I can see more clearly.

 

5. The sense of taste

This the easiest of the five senses of Thanksgiving. I call it eating from a fire hose. I try to remember all of my favorite tastes of Thanksgiving. One of my favorites, it gets the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, is cranberry sauce. I’ve been confused about it being called a sauce because true cranberry sauce comes from a can. I call it cranberry spam because it’s ready to be cut with a knife. But there’s nothing like cranberry sauce to go with all of the other goodies. My wife’s sweet potato casserole I’ve had for 45 years. From my childhood, ambrosia. That was one of my father’s favorites and there was a commandment at Thanksgiving that there be a big bowl of fruit all mixed up with whipped cream.

Psalm 34:8

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”

What I hope most is that you have an opportunity this Thanksgiving to share with people the five senses of Thanksgiving, that you are able to use all five senses to enjoy this holiday time. We have these times with our family that are irreplaceable. I am so sensitive to it this year because maybe I wouldn’t have had another one. I thought that once or twice. I am so thankful.


It’s fleeting, these holidays, because they come and they go. One of my favorite times of the year is this holiday because there is so little stress and so little pressure on us, unless you’re making the food. I’ll watch football and play board games. I’m just thankful for all of you. I don't want to over-sentimental or under-sentimental. It’s because of Jesus that brings us together, the sweet power of the Holy Spirit to help us to see and to hear and to be. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

 

At Work Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steamer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

The 5 Senses of Thanksgiving

All of our senses get involved in Thanksgiving. God gave us five senses. Some scientists say there may be as many as 12, and that confuses me.

1. The smells of Thanksgiving

“I like this holiday because I have so many smell memories. What it was like to come home and smell what my mother was up to. You can’t replace them with any other smell. The aroma of Thanksgiving always comes to my mind. Of course, the turkey in the oven, and pies and casseroles. Lately, we’ve had a tradition of going down to The Garlic (restaurant in Orlando area). We've had that tradition lately because we have an empty house. We have our Thanksgiving meal there because it’s family style and all of the goodies come out. It smells great and there are no dishes afterward.

I want to give you an exercise over Thanksgiving. I read about it, and it’s so crazy I want to share it with you to show you the importance of the sense of smell at Thanksgiving. Get an onion and cut it up and put that onion to your nose. Get your favorite food and eat it after smelling that onion. You'll see the importance. If you try it, you'll know the importance of the smell.

2 Corinthians 2:15

“For we are to God a sweet fragrance of Christ among those who are saved and among those who perish.” We are a sweet aroma because we have the life of Christ in us and we are sweet to the Lord. There are so many good verses on aroma. I’ve studied the word fragrance in the Bible and I’ve taught a lot of sermons back in the day on fragrance. Most people don't think about the sweet aroma and the sweet fragrance of the Lord.


2. The sense of hearing

Thanksgiving is so full of sounds. The sounds of the Thanksgiving Day parade come to mind, sounds of the marching bands. We've had that privilege of being band parents. Both of our children marched in Thanksgiving Day parades throughout the country. The sound of silence just before the prayer. It’s dad’s request to say, "OK, let’s go around the table and let everybody know what you're thankful for." It’s amazing how quiet the table gets. My children hated that because they had to say something meaningful. We have to try to teach our children to speak thanks and to practice it. They don't walk around in Thanksgiving as we as adults do. But I’m really thankful to be breathing.

Psalm 103:4

“Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.” When we are thankful, we get kinda loud. That’s the sound of Thanksgiving, and there’s a joy to it. There’s an audible vibration of the Lord in our lives, and we become thankful to hear. Soak in the sounds of the Lord.

 

3. The touch of Thanksgiving

There is no Thanksgiving without touch. I miss the hugs and to be able to see the little ones. I’ve thought about what food did I touch. The sense of touch with food like the warm rolls. I can’t eat them anymore, but I sure can see them. I can smell them. My sister and I always had a wishbone war on Thanksgiving. She let me win every year. The wishbone has a connection to Thanksgiving. And, of course, there is the finger-lickin’ good drumstick. I didn't get many drumsticks growing up in a house of boys. I wasn't big enough to defend myself.

Matthew 8:3

“Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I will. Be clean.” When you're sick, you call for the elders of the church to lay hands on you. There is a sense of touch built in. He just touched them that they can be made whole. And the sweet woman who said, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be made whole.” Touch is a part of our senses and we want that touch. That hug, that moment, to touch Him back.

 

4. The sense of sight

I remember my grandmother’s house down in Holly Grove, Arkansas. We would make that trip over the river and through the woods. We really had that experience, sometimes in snow and ice. To remember that full banquet table. Just seeing my grandparents and being a part of them was just special and how special they were with me. I also remember seeing the pies lined up, the pies this year I can’t eat. I’m so looking forward to seeing them. My wife will still make pies because the calendar says it is time to make pies.

Mark 4:12

“So that seeing they may see and not perceive.” Isn't that so biblical that we see and that we don't get it? We see things going on around us and we walk right past people and we don't see with perception that need us. Sometimes we do. Sometimes we look into their eyes and see what’s going on, we can perceive it because we're in tune with the Holy Spirit. We dedicate our lives to wanting to see more in the Spirit. I want to see in the Spirit. I want the scales to fall from my eyes so that I can see more clearly.

 

5. The sense of taste

This the easiest of the five senses of Thanksgiving. I call it eating from a fire hose. I try to remember all of my favorite tastes of Thanksgiving. One of my favorites, it gets the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, is cranberry sauce. I’ve been confused about it being called a sauce because true cranberry sauce comes from a can. I call it cranberry spam because it’s ready to be cut with a knife. But there’s nothing like cranberry sauce to go with all of the other goodies. My wife’s sweet potato casserole I’ve had for 45 years. From my childhood, ambrosia. That was one of my father’s favorites and there was a commandment at Thanksgiving that there be a big bowl of fruit all mixed up with whipped cream.

Psalm 34:8

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”

What I hope most is that you have an opportunity this Thanksgiving to share with people the five senses of Thanksgiving, that you are able to use all five senses to enjoy this holiday time. We have these times with our family that are irreplaceable. I am so sensitive to it this year because maybe I wouldn’t have had another one. I thought that once or twice. I am so thankful.


It’s fleeting, these holidays, because they come and they go. One of my favorite times of the year is this holiday because there is so little stress and so little pressure on us, unless you’re making the food. I’ll watch football and play board games. I’m just thankful for all of you. I don't want to over-sentimental or under-sentimental. It’s because of Jesus that brings us together, the sweet power of the Holy Spirit to help us to see and to hear and to be. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

 

At Work Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steamer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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