Today I was so thankful to see sunshine!
This time of year, it’s mostly gray skies and soggy leaves. But when the sun burst through today, it made even late autumn beautiful. It lifted my spirits and got me to throw on a winter coat and boots, and take a walk outside. It was the perfect day-before-Thanksgiving gift!
May the peace and joy of Jesus be with you this Thanksgiving, whether the sun is shining outside or not.
I am thankful for hospitals.
It seems that the older I get, the more time I spend in hospitals – either visiting someone there or giving someone a ride to the hospital for tests. Most of us assume that we will always have access to a hospital when we need it. Think you might be having a heart attack? Call 9-1-1, and they’ll get you there. If you appear to be having a stroke or seizure, someone else will be doing the calling, but you will still end up in the nearest hospital. No one really wants to go to the hospital emergency room, but I’m very thankful that hospitals are there when we need them.
(photo credit: The Delaney sisters in “Having Our Say”)
I am thankful for those who have lived a long time on this earth, and are willing to share their wisdom with us younger folks.
This includes my parents, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, our seniors at church, and even people I read about. They pass on to us a wealth of information about the past and what life used to be like. They share wisdom about raising children, stretching dollars, being moral in an immoral world, dealing with bad situations, and handling grief. The world would be a much poorer place without those who have lived long lives. Thank you God for the elderly among us!
I am thankful for the color orange!
Maybe it was those orange flannel nightgowns that Mom made us girls one Christmas when we were kids. Maybe it was that orange room in the apartment above us that glowed as light shone through its windows. Maybe it was the glow of many beautiful sunsets.
Whatever started it, I love orange! The color feels happy to me. Thank you God, for the joy of being able to see orange.
I’m thankful for soap!
It’s something we use every day and it’s all over the house. We have it in the shower and by the bathroom sink. It’s in the kitchen, just waiting to scrub our hands with after cutting up raw meat for supper. It cleans off sticky faces, grubby arms and legs, and the outside of muddy children’s shoes. Dish detergent (a.k.a soap) gets the stuck-on food off our dishes, and laundry soap returns our clothing to something that looks and smells fresh again.
It’s just such a part of life that we don’t even think about it. But without soap, things would be filthy and stinky. We’d also probably be sick a lot more. The humble bar of soap may not be glamorous, but it’s something to be appreciated.
Today is the day many people will be loading up their cars and making the trip to spend Thanksgiving Day with friends or relatives who are far away. In our family, they are driving in from three different directions, entailing a 7-hour drive, an 8-hour drive, and a 5-hour drive, just so that we can be together to thank God for His blessings.
This is possible because of the invention of cars. I’ve never been terribly fond of driving (think crazy drivers, icy roads, traffic jams, etc). But it sure beats walking or riding a horse to your destination! The world has completely changed since the appearance of cars, and I for one am grateful for the gift of cars.
It’s something people all over the globe love – chocolate! Can you imagine a child’s birthday cake without it? Or chocolate chip cookies without the chips? Then there’s hot cocoa or coffee with chocolate-flavored creamer to warm you when it’s cold outside. You can even make it part of your breakfast, if you have either Cocoa Wheats cereal, or homemade pancakes with chips dropped into the batter.
While some would say this is a trivial thing to be thankful for, remember this:
There is nothing too small to thank God for. God is the Giver of gifts both great and small. So today I am grateful for a food that sweetens our lives and brings a smile to so many faces.