I love this song written by David Foster, Richard Page, and Carole Bayer Sager, and performed by Josh Groban. I’ve taught the song to my children at the local charter school in which I teach elementary music on Thursday and Fridays. I have 108 students there, in kindergarten through fifth grade. One of my fifth grade boys made an astute observation after we sang the song last week. He said, “I’m so glad we sang that song. People often just jump from Halloween to Christmas and ignore Thanksgiving.” That’s a good bit of wisdom for an eleven-year-old boy.People are looking for fun, parties, and gifts, and that’s not what Thanksgiving is about. There are no costumes (except in elementary plays). We don’t exchange gifts. There’s not much money involved. What we spend on the Thanksgiving dinner is about all there is to the holiday, other than spending time with family and having a day off work before the Christmas rush begins on Black Friday.
I’m a huge fan of Norman Rockwell’s work. His Four Freedoms are wonderful, and Freedom From Want has always been one of my favorites. The painting is more about the people than it is about the food.
If I could have anything I wanted this Thanksgiving, I would relive one of the Thanksgivings I had with my parents, siblings, husband, and children. The saying, “You don’t know what you had until it’s gone,” may be trite, but it’s true.
However, when I think of what I have instead of what I’ve lost, I’m very thankful. God has blessed me beyond all imaginings. I’m thankful that I’m healthy (and for the modern medicines that help me stay that way); for my husband, daughters, son-in-law, and my daughter’s godly boyfriend; for extended family, church, friends, and acquaintances; that I have the time to write; for our home, hot water, heat, and air-conditioning; for my five part-time jobs; and for music. Most of all, I’m thankful that God loves me, and I’m thankful for salvation.
For what are you thankful? What inspires in you that attitude of gratitude?