What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Sometimes gratitude is easy to grasp - things are going well, your clothes are fitting, the kids are behaving, your husband says you look hot, you got a raise, and on and on. Sometimes gratitude seems out of grasp - a lost friendship, health issues, money woes, dysfunctional family, and on and on.
No matter which side of the coin you are on, let me encourage you to look beyond what you can see to appreciate things unseen. Like the feel of the sun on your face on a cold day (can you feel the vitamin D?), the warmth of a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate as it goes down and soothes, a beautiful melody that lifts your spirits. We can all be grateful for something no matter how small or how big. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause and reflect on what we have to be grateful for.
In keeping with what's become kind of a tradition around here, I have written a poem about angels and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. It's titled "Angelic Gratitude."
by Evangeline B. White
The Pilgrims who set sail so long ago,
Trusted God and His angels of this we know.
As they set forth on a journey so dangerous,
Their trip was long, deadly, and arduous.
An Indian God sent spoke perfect English.
Soon they all sat around a table sharing a dish.
Their story of thanksgiving continues today.
As we sit at a meal, giving thanks, and pray.
I am thankful for angels and for God's love,
For heaven coming down to earth from above.
Angels respond to our prayers and petitions.
As God assigns each one for their special mission.
I am thankful He gives His angels charge over us.
So that we can have peace in the midst of the fuss.
Remember the Pilgrims this Thanksgiving day,
Their faith was tested every step of the way.
But they trusted in God and in His provision,
As they left England on their exodus decision.
So if you are facing a task that is larger than you,
Think of the Pilgrims and their faith that carried them through.
They were thankful for God and His angels near,
Who helped them carry out tasks that brought on fear.
On God they relied and not on their wisdom.
Look at what we have now because of that vision.
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