Sunday, November 28, 2004

Reflections on Thankfulness

Having a Heart of Gratefulness

I think that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Probably because it is a long weekend unlike Easter and it doesn’t have all of the material trappings of Christmas. It also seems to be free of religious dos and don’ts that often cloud the intent of the holiday. A holiday filled with food, food, food, family, friends, fun & football. In and through all the day’s activities there is an ever present sense of THANKFULNESS, for the simple pleasures & blessings of everyday. Those things that are so easily taken for granted in the hubbub of daily life.

I have always loved that the whole country stops to “give thanks” even though there are many people who don’t necessarily believe in God or recognize his hand in their lives. All the same, they give thanks. The President, takes time to reflect on what we as a nation are to be thankful for through the last year and to remember our roots of thankfulness. It is a time, as a nation, that we remember we all came from humble beginnings, beginnings in which we needed each other and even the help of strangers just to survive.

Thanksgiving Day is like a pregnant pause that makes us all think, and remember, that so much of what we have, say, and do are because of SOMEONE else.

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