Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

The thing I love about Thanksgiving, is hearing from others about all they are grateful for. It is a beautiful thing and I have been anxiously reading each day on Facebook all of my friend's pages as they list something that they are especially thankful for that particular day...something that we should probably do more often and not reserve just for the month of November!

Here is a great little story that I have posted before, but I feel it appropriate to re-post it on this special day of Thanks as a reminder that we are all bounteously blessed and it's all about perspective:

"One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.””Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah” said the son. “So tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. His son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our yard and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have millions of stars at night. Our patio reaches to our front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. “Then the son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

I too am so thankful for the bounteous blessings I have received over a lifetime. They are too numerous to list in this post. But here are a few of the blessings that I am so thankful for and are most sacred to me:

1. My amazing husband and all that he does for our family and me.
2. My wonderful parents who have shown through example what real love is.
3. My children who have taught me to grow in ways I could never have anticipated.
4. All of the modern conveniences that make life so much easier.
5. A warm, safe house to call home.
6. Good health!
7. Awesome extended family, friends and neighbors.
8. Plenty of food to eat and clothes to wear.
9. This magnificent country that we live in...even with all of its problems, it's still the best country in the world.
10. And most importantly, a loving Father in Heaven who sent His only begotten Son to die for us so we could find true peace and happiness on this earth and in heaven.

So today I just want to say "Thank You" for all that each of you do for me. I have grown to love my Blogger friends who post the most amazing and inspiring things that I look forward to reading each and every day.

I am a blessed woman who has all that I need and then some...who can ask for anything more??



Lynn said...

Amen Mary. Amen.

We had our Thanksgiving last month, but I just want to wish you and yours a wonderful American Thanksgiving this weekend!

Julie said...

As always, this is a beautiful post. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it reminds us to be grateful for all of our many blessings--great and small.