Did you join in the 30 days of thanks on Facebook? Or maybe you’ve noticed some of your Facebook friends doing it? While not participating myself, I have enjoyed reading the posts of my friends. Blessings range from the “usual”—family, friends, health—to the more specific, “got a goodnight’s sleep last night.” Some negative things are given a positive spin, such as, “I’m thankful for the times I get woken up in the middle of the night, but realize I still have time to sleep before the alarm.”
It’s been great seeing what others are thankful for. Sometimes I think, “Me, too.” Other times I think, “I never thought about it that way.” Either way, it helps me to be aware of my blessings—big and small—and keep perspective in my life.
I am certainly thankful for health—mine, my husband’s, my children’s, and my parents’—and all of the “usuals.” But this year, I have a couple more things to be thankful for, too.
This is a particularly rough week for our family. We buried our cousin’s almost full-term baby on Monday, and we’ll bury our sister-in-law’s mother on Wednesday. I am so thankful that these two young women have families and friends that are loving and supportive. I am thankful to believe in God, who I am certain is especially near them both in this difficult time, helping to ease their pain.
Thanksgiving Day is a gentle reminder to look for the things we can be grateful for, even when it is easy to focus on the things that make us sad. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your many blessings together.
It is good to remember your blessings year round, though it can be hard to do when you’re going through a tough time. If you’re in the middle of one of those times, I encourage you to reach out to your friends and family. If you don’t have friends and family to go to, contact your parish priest (or the priest of the parish nearest you). One of the many blessings of being Catholic is that you don’t have to be alone in your pain. (And if you’re not Catholic, I bet you’ll find that the local parish priest will talk with you, too.)
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