Did you sleep last night with a roof over your head – a real roof, I mean, and not just a bridge trestle or a piece of cardboard? If you did, give thanks – in our rich nation, many are not so fortunate.
Is there food in your belly – food you got without begging for it? Give thanks. Share it with those who are hungry. Too many are.
Is there someone with whom you can talk, someone with whom to share your day to day experiences, whether it is husband or wife, lover or friend, or even your dog? Be thankful – loneliness is a pernicious disease. It can kill the soul.
Can you hear when your friend talks. Can you respond in kind to him? Can you walk, if only across the room? Can you see, even if your eyes are not sighted? The heart sees too, often more clearly than what the eyes perceive. Be thankful for your heart – no man has ever devised a machine that works so long and so hard, with never a pause for rest or maintenance.
Be grateful for your literal heart, but be grateful, too, for the figurative one. Can you cry? Be glad for your tears, they are the evidence that you have a soul, that you can still feel and care. Some, apparently, do not. When you have stopped caring, about anything or anyone, then you are surely in a hell as dark and agonizing as any devised by Lucifer.
Give thanks for your health, in whatever state it may be. It is surely the height of self-indulgence to complain about being alive. Give thanks for the breath you inhale, for that is life itself that you are taking into your lungs.
Be grateful for those who misuse you. It is they who make your friends precious.
Do you have faith? Give thanks especially for that, for it too is a gift. Without it, every night is surely darker and harder to endure.
Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving Day.