Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts

It seems to me sometimes, in this fast-paced world we live in, that Thanksgiving sort of gets lost in the push for Christmas. I'm seeing Christmas decorations, and gift displays, and already hearing Christmas music in the stores.

Don't get me wrong--I love the Christmas season. I just feel I should take time to dwell on my blessings and all that I have to be thankful for. I am of course thankful for all of the things that are common to many--my wonderful family, my friends, a loving husband who provides well for me, my pastor and a church where the Word of God is taught, and most of all a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior.

Beyond that, I'm so very thankful for my eyesight. I have wet macular degeration in my right eye, which requires an injection every month to keep it at an acceptable level of sight. But I am so very grateful that there is medicine available for this, and that my left eye has not been affected. It is truly a blessing from the Lord.

I've come across some Thanksgiving quotes and wanted to share a few here.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
(J.F. Kennedy)

He who thanks from the lips, thanks but in part; the full true Thanksgiving comes from the heart. (J. A. Shedd)

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and true homage comes form the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ( T. Roosevelt)

No one is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. (Fred D. V. Amburgh)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)

(I think this last one says so much what my heart feels)

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us, from birth to death, guests at a table that we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet--Shall we not think of the day as a chance to come nearer our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us for so long?

I trust you will have a blessed Thanksgiving, as you recall the ways you've been blessed this past year.

(I am having a problem with my personal computer, so I am allowing comments to post without approval for now. Hopefully I have set it correctly to do that. I did add a word verification.)


Rebecca said...

Wonderful quotes re. gratitude, Donna! I used to bemoan the fact that Christmas "came" too early...but this year, for some reason, I am SO ready.

Wishing you and yours a joy-filled Thanksgiving. Hope to connect personally soon.


Bernie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Donna to you and your family. So enjoyed reading these quotes......:-) Hugs

Wanda..... said...

A Very Happy Thanksgiving Donna!

Diana said...

Wonderful post and quotes Donna. I feel the way you do about Thanksgiving. It's such a shame that it seems to get swept under the rug with all of the shopping hullabaloo!
I think that is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, just family, food, fun and fellowship!
Love Di ♥

Donna's Book Nook said...

I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I haven't been able to access the comments on my computer, but it looks like it may possibly let me post a message today.

Dee said...

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year and I am sure Christmas will be also if I keep christ at the front. I love all the quotes...they are like tiny sermons. I am sorry your having computer problems...I get bummed when it happens. The past few days I can only leave comments on some of the blogs. It must be that blogger is revamping or something. I just hope people do not feel I am ignoring them.

Blu-I'd-Blonde said...

Great post with your thoughts about Thanksgiving with which I agree. Love your quotes to meditate on. Enjoyed catching up with your blog. I never begin Christmas decorating, etc., until Dec. 1st. I'm too blessed by Thanksgiving to rush past it.