Marjorie JamesIt is time of year for turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes with gravy, and pumpkin pie. Along with eating the Thanksgiving dinner and, in our family, shopping the day after on Black Friday, we need to pause and count our blessings. Sometimes, especially in the midst of difficult times like divorce, it is a hard thing to do, but it can help put life into perspective.

Many years ago, more than I care to admit, a friend sent me this poem that she found in a magazine. It has been on all my refrigerators over the years because it reminds me of what I need to be thankful for when things do not seem to be wonderful and “put together.” This is written from a Judeo-Christian point of view, but whatever your belief system, there is always a place for thankfulness for the everyday blessings we can take for granted.

EVERYDAY THANKSGIVING

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings each morning, thank You, Lord, that I can hear. There are those who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes tightly closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank You, Lord, that I can see. There are those who are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off the physical effort of rising, thank You, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are those who are bedfast.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, thank You, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in the magazines, and the menu is at times unbalanced, thank You, Lord, for the food we have. There are those who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not quite so modest, thank You, Lord, for the gift of life.

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