On air the other day, an announcer on Relevant Radio (a Catholic radio station) shared about a woman who has always celebrated Thanksgiving the week before or after the actual Thanksgiving Day. That is because she, and her entire family, have always served at Foodbanks, every single year on Thanksgiving Day. This was the story that the announcer read following her story.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you’re more fortunate than the one million who will not survive the week. If you’ve never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the feeling pangs of starvation, you’re ahead of 500 million people in the world. If you can attend church without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you’re more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world. If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over her head, a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% than the people of the world who have little or none of those things. If you have money in a bank, spare change in a dish somewhere, that makes you in the top 8% of the wealthiest folks the world. If you can hold someone’s hand, or even touch them gently on the shoulder, you are someone who can offer healing.
And, finally, if you can read this message, you are more fortunate than about 2 billion people in the world who cannot read.
If you can understand that you are truly blessed, then smile and give thanks to God. Many can feel that they are blessed, but many do not.
This Thanksgiving, don’t focus on the traffic, the weather, the crowds, the costs, the burnt food or any of the little things that can go wrong. Remember who you are in the world, and realize there are millions and millions less fortunate than you. Count your blessings and enjoy all of the gifts God has given you.
I Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God, Christ Jesus for you.