Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving: A Message to an American Upon Waking

As we celebrate this authentically American and Christian holiday, I am reminded of some reasons for us Americans to be thankful and to Whom we owe thanks. In that spirit, I offer the following encouragement and wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving:

Message to an American Upon Waking

If your eyelids opened this morning, thank God.

If you can see, taste, hear, or feel, thank God.

If your eyelids opened this morning and you found yourself in America, thank God.

If you awoke this morning in a foreign land but America is your home, thank God.



If you can go to worship services when and where you choose, thank God.

If you can worship freely and in the quietness of your own soul, thank God.

If you have known some one whose faith made a difference in their life, thank God.

If you have known some one whose faith made a difference in your life, thank God.



If you have ever seen beauty that cannot be adequately described, thank God.

If you have ever experienced a wonder that cannot be fully explained, thank God.

If you can dream, thank God.

If you want to dream again, thank God.



If you can enjoy a good meal today, thank God.

If you have enough money to do at least one thing that brings you joy, thank God.

If you have a job to do, thank God.

If you don't have a job to do but want one, thank God.



If you have a family, thank God.

If you have children, thank God.

If you have a friend, thank God.

If you have some one to spend time with today, thank God.



If your children have driven you mad but you're still not over the edge, thank God.

If you have seen at least one child begin to "get" it, thank God.

If you see your children becoming better than you were and are, thank God.

If you have known some one who caused you to reach for excellence, thank God.



If you have your health, thank God.

If you are sick but long to be well, thank God.

If you have gone through a trial and found yourself stronger on the other side, thank God.

If you have thorns in the flesh but are still pressing on, thank God.



If you have blown it and not gotten what you deserved, thank God.

If you have blown it and gotten what you deserved, thank God.

If you've lived your life such that it's not filled with regret, thank God.

If you've ever needed the chance to start over and got it, thank God.



If you can keep the faith when all around seem to be giving in, thank God.

If you've ever lost faith in yourself but found that some one else still believed in you, thank God.

If you have found joy in living outside yourself, thank God.

If you have been brought joy by others living outside themselves, thank God.



If you are angry and despair over the evil in the world, thank God.

If you have seen sorrow and despair but can still believe and hope, thank God.

If you have found the courage to do what is right when the heat was on, thank God.

If you want to be courageous the next time the heat is on, thank God.



If you can vote, thank God.

If you want to be able to cast a vote, thank God.

If you can comprehend the blessings of liberty such that your life is changed, thank God.

If you have lived in freedom for one day, thank God.



If you have the opportunity to serve America, thank God.

If your way of life has been defended by strangers who volunteered for the privilege of doing so, thank God.

And if you can't think of something for which to thank God, think again.

If you can pray, thank God.


See you next week.