Remember to be thankful for your blessings

Published 3:42 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thanksgiving can be a time to reflect on life's blessings with family and friends. (Contributed)

Thanksgiving can be a time to reflect on life’s blessings with family and friends. (Contributed)

By SANDRA THAMES / Community Columnist

As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, whether it be in a more formal setting, on the patio or even in a backyard setting, we need to remember to be thankful for the many blessings God has given us.

Do you have a family that loves you? Do you have a church that will pray for you and support you through the hard times?

Do you know your neighbors? (Sometimes just a friendly chat over the fence or over a cup of coffee will lighten your load.)

Do you know the kids in your neighborhood? (I know they can be worrisome at times, but they also can make you smile at some of their antics and the things they say.)

Do you stay busy? This one is tough! Sometimes I’d like to stay in bed and cover my head to forget all that needs doing. Some things don’t need to be stressed over, but staying busy can be a blessing in itself.

If you are blessed with children and grandchildren, add another point.

If your home is safe, weatherproofed and current on payments you are better off than many.

Does your pantry have enough food to last until payday?  Is your health manageable? Do you like your doctors and trust them?

Can’t change “what is,” but each day is a gift.

Do you ever get up early to see the sunrise? My husband does. I’d much rather sit on the back porch and watch the sunset!

Remember, Thanksgiving dinner is not mainly about stuffing yourself at the table but rather a time of coming together and remember the good times, the things for which we are thankful and the blessing that are showered upon us daily.

It’s a time for looking at old picture albums, telling tales about each other, laughing, being thankful and looking ahead to what God might have in store for us in the coming year.

A time to be faithful and to truly cherish all that God has provided.

Thank you Lord.