Jimmy’s family had a long-standing tradition on Thanksgiving. As the family gathered for the Thanksgiving Meal, they would find five kernels of corn on their plate. Before a prayer of thanks and the meal would begin, each family member would tell five things they were thankful for. This always began with their parents and then the children – oldest to youngest, each trying not to repeat what others would say. Jimmy was five years old, and although he remembered his three older sisters and one older brother give thanks last year, this was his first time to participate.
When Jimmy’s turn finally came, he began, “First, I am thankful for Mother and Father. Second, I am thankful for my brothers and sisters. Third, I am thankful for Whiskers the cat. Fourth, I am thankful Christmas is coming soon. And fifth, I am thankful . . . ” Jimmy paused . . . he heard a sister giggle and his brother’s stomach grumble. Jimmy could not think of anything new and he did not want to say what someone else said. Father cleared his throat. “Fifth, I am thankful there are only five kernels of corn!”
This month in the United States is the Month of Thanksgiving. Yes, it is a specific day to recall a specific moment in our history, but for many of us, this month is a reminder of all the blessings we have. I do hope you are taking the time to reflect and appreciate the blessings you have. Even if you see others seem to have more, there is still plenty to be thankful for.
Take time to inventory your life, your health, your family, your daily bread. Take time to think spiritually and the blessing God offers in Christ. Take time to tell God, “Thank You!” every single day. Remember, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new eery morning:” Lamentations 3:22-23a