This coming week we celebrate our nation’s feast of Thanksgiving. Once again, we are asked to step away from our busyness and our worldly concerns to give thanks for all we have received. How easy it is for this spirit of thankfulness to get overshadowed by all the disappointments and frustrations of our world; and yet, if we truly are honest with ourselves, I pray we are able to see how blessed we are as citizens of this great nation.
In his book, Who Needs God? Harold Kushner tells about a man who always wrote “thank you” in the lower left-hand corner of the checks he wrote to pay his bills. He wrote it on his checks to the grocer, the phone company, the gas company—even on his checks to the IRS. He did it not because these companies or agencies would be impressed; he knew better than that. He did it simply as his personal way of reminding himself to be grateful for living in a free country and for all the services this freedom brought.
Therefore, I invite each of us to reflect on the blessings we have received; and then, find a way to express your gratitude for the life you have been given. Don’t allow the negatives to overshadow all the positives. Challenge yourself to avoid the common mistakes of complacency and inaction. As one anonymous writer said, “Unexpressed gratitude is like winking at someone in the dark. You know how you feel about them, but they don’t.” Show the world the heart of Jesus.