Psalm 100 reminds us that we are to be
thankful, for God has created us and has made us God's people. In other
words, God's love for us is everlasting, without end. There are times in
my life I forget and I become angry when events in my life shift my focus
elsewhere. It is very easy for me to forget about the everyday blessings
I tend to overlook common blessings.
Let me name a few: a beautiful sunrise or sunset; day and night; love!
What about our senses? Being able to see, smell, hear, feel, and taste.
If you don't believe these are blessings, just ask those among us who
cannot use one or more of those senses. Sometimes I forget the fact that
good health is a gift and I need to be thankful. I must confess sometimes
I take other gifts such as a wonderful spouse, a great family life, a
wonderful and caring church, and faithful friends for granted. These are
very simple things in life, yet they are the most important and I need to
learn to be thankful for them.
Helen Rice Steiner wrote the following
poem entitled, Thank God for Everything:
Thank you God for
The big things and
For every good
gift comes from God,
The giver of them
And all too often,
we accept without
any thanks or praise
the gifts God
sends as blessings
each day in many
First, thank you
for the little things
that often come
The things we take
but don't mention
when we pray.
Thank you for the
we are much too
blind to see,
and give us new
of our many gifts
And help us to
that the key to
life and living
is to make each
prayer ... a prayer of thanks,
and every day ...
So let us give thanks, this coming
Thursday, for all the food and all the goodies and for family and friends
and all the blessings, yes, and for the turkey. Above all, let us not
forget to give thanks EVERY DAY!