As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, think of the countless blessings the Lord has showered on each of us. These blessings come to us in myriad forms and ways. Life is the biggest gift God has given us. The story below may help you to recognize our blessings and be thankful for them.
There was this blind girl who hated herself for being blind. She hated everyone except for her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend. One day someone donated a pair of eyes to her. She could finally see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The girl was shocked. Now that she could see, she saw that her boyfriend was blind. She refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away, tears in his eyes. Later he wrote her a letter: “Just take care of my eyes, Dear.”
The human brain can change in an instant. Only few will remember what life was like before. Only few will remember who’s always been there. Life is a gift. Today, before you think of saying something unkind, think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food, think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife, think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion. Today, before you complain about life, think of someone who went to heaven too soon. Before you complain about your children, think of someone who, despite wanting children, is barren. Before you complain about no one cleaning the house, think of the people who are living in the streets. Before you complain about how far you have to drive, think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job, think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job. Before you think of pointing a finger or condemning another, remember that no one is without sin and we all answer to the one same maker. When depressing thoughts seem to get you down, put a smile on your face and thank God you are alive and still around. Life is a gift. Enjoy it. Celebrate it. Live it.
May all of us be thankful to God for the Gifts of life and family. My good wishes to every one of you for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!!
-------Father Joe SDB