This morning as we attended church and listened to the reflection on this Thanksgiving Sunday, I thought how wonderful it would be to always be as mindful about being thankful, not just at Thanksgiving, but on every day of the year.  We who have so much certainly have much for which to be thankful, because as Pastor Dave put it, “our cup overflows”.

We can help others to be thankful by sharing some of what we have.  We can share food with the hungry and our time with the lonely.  We can share music to entertain others.  We can teach the illiterate to read and share our love of books with them.  We can take friends without a car to appointments or for a ride to see the beautiful fall colors.  We can provide a listening ear to someone going through a difficult time.  There are a multitude of things we can do!  When we are a blessing to others, we in turn are blessed by the God who loves us.

Being grateful has other benefits.  When I went through a period of not being able to fall asleep at night, I began thanking God for all the blessings of the day, both big and small – my wonderful family, my supportive friends, the card or phone call I had received, the beautiful flowers, the food which nourished my body, the sunshine which nourished my soul  and the list goes on.  Soon I was falling asleep on a regular basis.  After a while, I began falling asleep before I could complete my list of blessings.  I’m sure God knew I was grateful anyway!  We don’t need to wait until bedtime to thank God, however.  Thank God in the morning for the night’s rest and ask for his guidance throughout the day.  Look for opportunities to thank God throughout the day as you go about your business.  If you have children at home, or even if you don’t, how about making the evening meal a time for each person to share the things for which they are thankful that day.

As you sit down with your family or friends to share a meal this Thanksgiving, in addition to giving thanks for all your blessings, perhaps you can think of some way in which you could be a blessing to someone else.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.