This past week was American Thanksgiving and, although our Thanksgiving had already passed, stores in our area decided to adopt Black Friday. Although financial gain was the obvious reason, it somehow surprised me. I think it surprised me because, of all the things surrounding Thanksgiving that one culture could share in with another, why would it be the commercial aspect that prevailed? I guess it is, sadly, just a sign of our times that we would choose the material over all else. But does it really have to be this way? I think not.
Thanksgiving is all about, as the name says, giving thanks... for all that we've been given, for every good thing in our lives, for the people that surround us, for our health... and the list goes on and on. So, instead of getting carried off by the commercial aspect of Thanksgiving, ours or some else's, why don't we instead take a moment, just a moment, to realize how blessed we truly are... and give thanks for all of these blessings. Doing this - particularly right now, as the Christmas season approaches - will open our hearts to the blessings that surround us and help us focus on what is truly important, so we do not get lost in the commercial aspect of the season.
So on this beautiful Sunday morning, as I look around me at all the wonderful people and things that make up my life, I give thanks for it all and I know that I truly am blessed.