An Updated 'Everyday Thanksgiving'

for the week of November 19, 2001
by Rubel Shelly

An anonymous piece entitled "Everyday Thanksgiving" has circulated via newsletters and message boards for several years now. I recently found a copy of it that Ed Dodds forwarded to me during the week of Thanksgiving three years ago. I'm taking the liberty of updating it a bit for the year 2001. I hope it will help you set the tone for a meaningful Thanksgiving Day with the people you love.

Even though these past few months have been incredibly stressful, thank you, Lord, for the reminder that patriotism, heroism, and brotherly love still exist. There have been times when we were forced to wonder.

Even though the stock market is down, our sense of need for your divine guidance appears to have risen. There have been times when the two were reversed.

Even though men and women in uniform are in harm's way for the sake of our national security, thank you, Lord, that Dayna Curry, Heather Mercer, and others held captive are free. So many are still at the mercy of thugs and terrorists.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud thank you, Lord, for my family. There are so many people who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced, thank you, Lord, for our food. There are many hungry people in the world.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work and earn. Many people have lost their jobs this year.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and sometimes wish my circumstances were not so modest, thank you, Lord, for life.
Happy Thanksgiving! As you enjoy the turkey and football, remember the source of all your blessings and give thanks to him. "O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!" (Psalm 118:1).

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