It's just about the big day I bet most folks around here have been anticipating since last year for at least one reason... THE FOOD! Thanksgiving gives us a special opportunity to get together with family and friends for that traditional Thanksgiving dinner most of us have become accustomed to, and some folks travel thousands of miles to be with their family on this special day. For many of us, football takes up part of the day, and for this Denver fan, this year will be no exception as the Broncos will likely be thrashed by the NY Giants Thursday evening if recent history is considered.
Yep, food, football, and fun... sounds pretty good to me! I'm sure you have your own list of things you are thankful for, but there is the other side of Thanksgiving that usually gets pushed to the background behind the food and fun. Today I want to share some blessings that we don't often consider from an unknown author...
If you woke up this morning and were able to hear the birds sing, use your vocal cords to utter human sounds, walk to the breakfast table on two good legs, and read the newspaper with two good eyes...you are more blessed than millions of those who could not do these simple things.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place...you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you are over thirty and either of your parents is still alive you are very rare. Over a billion people are orphans by then.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful...you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
Based on the above list, we are blessed! Thanksgiving gives us the chance to reflect on our good fortunes. Our religious and personal freedoms, supportive families, friends, wealth, health... you know what you're thankful for.
Those that do, please say a special prayer for our military folks protecting our way of life both near and far from home this Thanksgiving, and don't forget to count up those blessings. It will surely warm your heart and put a smile on your face!
And the final offering today from The City Slicker is the following short youtube video performed by one of my favorite singers of all time. Turn on your sound and click on the picture.