Once, an Amish lady was telling me about a Thanksgiving meal that she and her husband, along with another Amish couple, had attended at the home of some English friends. "You wouldn't believe the amount of food they had!" she told me. Indeed, I could believe it. "Such gluttony! And we had to remind them to say grace before eating. They were not even going to thank the One who provided it all!"
Although I believe we need to remember to be thankful every day and not just on one designated day of the year, the holiday offers a unique time for reflection on the abundant blessings in our lives. First, and most importantly, it has been a relatively healthy year for my family and friends. Good health is always the greatest consideration in both my praise and prayers.
This year I am grateful for the canned goods that line our bookshelves (or sit on the floor, or are stuffed into any old corner where there is space) and am grateful that our garden did well enough to make those jars possible. It's with an equally grateful feeling to see all the vegetables in our freezer. As most of my readers know, we have a small house and not much space. No basement, no pantry, barely a closet. Construction supplies and tools take up our largest room. But the relatively small amount of food we are able to store will amount to a significant savings in the coming months. And not just in terms of money, but time too.
We are abundantly thankful for the progress we have made on our home during the warmer months. The addition of a back door, outside lighting, new front step, and bedroom are appreciated all the more since we spent over a year using the front door for everything, fumbling around outside in the dark with lanterns, and sleeping in the living room.
There are too many loved ones to name for whom we are thankful for every day. Truly, this life would not be worth living if we were all alone.
I'm even grateful when bills come in the mail. I can remember when bills would come and I could not pay them. Today, it is possible and for that I am extremely thankful. It is also possible to give to others in charity, and we are privileged to do so.
As we enjoy our meals and family gathering tomorrow, let us not lose sight of the source of all blessings.