Giving thanks this year is difficult when there’s a travel warning issued for all Americans and danger everywhere we look. It’s such a strange and frightening time in our world, especially when you have children who are old enough to watch the news. On the other hand, no matter how bad the news is, there’s always something for which we can give thanks.
A very sweet reader of this blog, Carol, recommended a book by Kathryn Tucker Windham called, “She.” In it, KTW quotes Jan Struther’s poem, “Eulogy.”
She was twice blessed:
She was happy; she knew it.
How perfect are those words! How many people walk this world blessed beyond belief and don’t even realize how good they have it? To know you are blessed is indeed a blessing.
It’s not so hard to thank God for the big things like food, shelter and clothing, but to remember to be thankful for a familiar voice, lightening bugs and big giant oak trees opens our eyes to even more amazing gifts. Learning to observe and appreciate small gifts makes the entire world seem like a daily celebration.
Every day, every moment, there is something for which we can give thanks.
One blessing for sure, is that I’m not going to have to eat this on Thanksgiving! I found this recipe for Jellied Turkey Salad in an old Jell-O cookbook at Fairhope Antiquery. What were people back then thinking?
Prayers of thanks for all my dear readers on this Thanksgiving holiday, no matter where you may be. Safe travels, good eating, and I’ll be back next week to tell you about what is sure to be a very interesting Thanksgiving!
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