Be Grateful for…Thanksgiving Day
Bible Verse for Thanksgiving Day: Since everything God created is good, … receive it gladly, with thankful hearts. – 1 Timothy 4:4
In September 1975, I left California to enter college in Massachusetts. For the next 75 days, I lived in a freshman dorm, a rather Spartan existence, but not an unpleasant one.
Since I couldn’t afford to go home for Thanksgiving, I traveled by bus to central Connecticut to join some family friends for the holiday. On Thanksgiving Eve, as I retired to my room, I slipped off my shoes and socks to unpack my bags. I felt the carpet under my bare feet, enjoying the softness and the feel of the threads between my toes.
Suddenly it dawned on me that I hadn’t felt a carpet like this since I’d left home. For two-and-a-half months, I’d felt only dusty linoleum underneath my bare feet. But now, in a real home, I delighted in the sumptuousness of wall-to-wall carpet.
I had grown up in a home with carpet—bronze shag, to be exact. But I had never appreciated the feel of carpet beneath my feet until that moment.
How could something so ordinary feel so enjoyable? I wondered what else I’d been taking for granted. That weekend in Connecticut added several other items to my list of newly discovered appreciation, including ceramic mugs, quiet nights, and a bathroom heater.
—Mark Roberts in No Holds Barred
Thought to Apply: I feel a very unusual sensation. If it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. – Benjamin Disraeli (English prime minister)
Adapted from No Holds Barred (WaterBrook, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Move me, Lord, beyond appreciation for desires granted to gratitude for all Your wisdom allows.