Thanksgiving

Every year Thanksgiving gets more and more overlooked, and this year has been the worst so far in the area where I live.  I have seen lawns decorated and lit up for Christmas, Christmas trees fully decorated and lit in home windows and Santa Claus at the mall, all before Thanksgiving.  Now, the most shocking blow to Thanksgiving — K-Mart has decided to open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning and remaining open for 42 hours straight to attempt to make the Black Friday experience longer, and, hopefully, create a larger cash cow for themselves.  The saddest thing is that they are not taking their employees into consideration, and the thing that breaks my heart is that there will be people who leave their Thanksgiving meals and family get-togethers to go and shop.  Ugh!

Even those who do celebrate Thanksgiving seem to have forgotten what it is really about.  It has simply become a day for gorging on food and watching a football game.

What about God?  What about being thankful to him for the blessing he has given you?  What blessings, you may ask?  “I have worked hard to get where I am and all that I have,” you may say.  But consider, who blessed you with the physical health and mental and physical ability to do the hard work that got you were you are and what you have?

What about those who are still without work?  Will they be gorging on food this Thanksgiving?  Will they be warm?  Do they even have a home to live in?

What about those who are seriously ill or dying?  Are they alone?  Is someone who loves them hurting and grieving?

I imagine that, any of those that I have asked about above, would be thankful for warmth, food, a smile, a hug, a job, a home.

So, what do you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

I am thankful that we made it through the many challenges that faced us this year.  I am thankful for my mother, whom I almost lost this summer.  I am thankful for a wonderful, loving family and church family.  I am thankful for two very, dear friends who accept me and care about me just the way I am.  I am thankful that we were able to take a wonderful vacation this year — a vacation that remains fresh and vivid in my mind, to a place I absolutely love and would seriously considering moving to.  I am thankful for my loyal and affectionate black Labrador Retriever.  I am thankful that my husband has a job, that we have a home and plenty of food to eat.  I am thankful for my nutritionist who is helping me to take care of me, for the first time in many years, in a way that I am finding much easier than any diet I have ever tried to follow.  I am thankful for the writers’ group that I am a part of and for my ability to write and to teach writing to some wonderful kids.  I’m sure there is more, but that is all I can come up with at the moment.

Don’t forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  Take a few moments to be truly thankful, and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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