Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and my questions today is are you still thankful? We all receive gifts from God every day. Thankful to wake up and be above ground as Grandma would say is the first thing we should be thankful for. Nevertheless, there are so many countless things that we should appreciate and be thankful for. Often we overlook the things that are so common for us to have, like, a roof over our heads, food to eat, and people that love us. I will do a spin-off on the people that love us another time. As I was saying, things that we are used to having others are praying for. In the book Prayers and Wisdom from Grandma's House Grandma Rosa "Rose" reminded me of a few things, let's take a look at an excerpt from the book:
"You are walking around this world, not recognizing that someone is
praying for the very thing you are blessed with. Alston, do you know
you could have opened your eyes and be under a bridge, and do you
know the person under the bridge is thankful for the bridge because
they realize it was a chance their eyes might not have opened at all?
The clothes you easily discard because they are not a popular brand
or out of season, someone somewhere is overjoyed to have something
on their body to protect them from the cold or something to switch
into when wet from the rain.
She would tell me, Alston, there’s someone with water dripping on their head from a roof leak, thankful they are being protected from the wind. There is a person in the wind that is thankful they are not drowning in a flood. That same person that is in the flood is thankful
they are not in their grave and still have the sense to call on the good
Lord to give thanks.
I can hear her saying “I can just thank Him all day long, you know
you can’t thank the Lord enough.” She would say this with the biggest
smile on her face as she walked away in her housecoat."
So not on just one day should we be thankful and make family a priority, but every day!
To those that have lost a loved one and during the holidays it is hard for you, know that they left you with the gift of great memories to share with others to keep their memory alive. Smile and know they are enjoying watching you smile than cry.
Be thankful every single day of your life. -Alston Shropshire