Day 329: The Value Of Thankfulness

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Now is not the time to think about what you do not have, but rejoice and give thanks for your God-given talents and all you have to work with.

Our electricity went out last night, and it became pitch dark in the house. The first Tom said was, there goes our Thanksgiving dinner. It got me thinking about how we could still cook things. The turkey was going on the grill anyway. We can still use the top of our gas stove. We could turn on the gas fireplace to stay warm. And other people are bringing things to eat too. This is us in the modern-day world trying to figure out what the pilgrims already knew how to do with the bare essentials. It has given me a new aprication for everything that went into the first Thanksgiving. How hard it was to establish a life in a new country. They were starting from scratch with nothing but the tools and seeds they brought with them. I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been for them. At least I have a roof over my head; I thought as I fell asleep in the pitch dark.

As I awoke this morning, the electric clock beside our bed was blinking off and on. I was instantly thankful for the convenience it brought back into our life. But I am most grateful for what it reminded me about the first Thanksgiving and how all-inspiring the human spirit can be when put to the task. We are so much more creative than we give ourselves credit. Sometimes difficult things need to happen to remind us what we are still capable of doing.

Reflection: Every day, in every way, I am grateful for the gift of life and all it has to show and teach me. How exciting it is to be alive, to share this day with those I love, and it reminds me of all the wonderful blessings in my life.

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