Due to Thanksgiving, most Americans have been focusing on gratitude. What a nice change. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is a time to pause, to reflect on all the many blessings in our lives. We are bombarded with so much negativity in the world. Take advantage of this holiday weekend to spend time being thankful for what you have.
I really like the quote above by Albert Schweitzer. This is a blessing some of us may not notice. We may forget how we were influenced by a special teacher that took an interest in us or an artist friend that mentored us. Today take time to make a list of all the many people that have influenced your life, your career path, your creativity, your choices. How many of those people know how grateful you are?
One person that really made a difference in my life was my grandmother, Merle Etter. She was constantly rekindling my flame when it went out. Grandma passed away August of 2007 at the age of 97. Fortunately, I wrote her several very long letters of gratitude before she died. It is comforting to me to know that my gratitude was spoken. She died knowing how much she was loved and cherished.
If there are people in your life that have been your “flame-lighters”, let them know. Express your gratitude. Tell them how much you appreciate them.
Thank you for the Thanksgiving holiday which brings Americans together in a day of remembering our blessings. Thank you for our family members, especially for our children and grandchildren that refresh our spirit and for the elders that share their words of wisdom.
Thank you for friends that support and love us even when we are unlovable. Thank you for our health. Thank you for our homes, our schools, our churches. Thank you for the freedom to speak our beliefs. Thank you for the flame of creativity within each of us. We are grateful for Your mercy and grace. Thank you for listening to us even when we have no words. Help us express our gratitude to the people in our lives that have influenced us. We are so grateful for them.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.