Like most of you, my heart has been deeply moved by the headlines of the last few weeks. Storms, loss and pain have been everywhere. So this year I thought I’d put together a different kind of Thanksgiving list. In light of the losses experienced by so many others this year, these are the things that I’m thankful for.
Every child and teacher that I personally know, returned home safe and sound on December 14, 2012. Some of the parents who had children at Sandy Hook Elementary weren’t so lucky.
I did not lose my house to fire, flood, tornado, or typhoons.
When I was thirsty I could go to the sink or refrigerator and get fresh clean water anytime I wanted.
Food was always available when I was hungry.
I had the right to vote. To drive. To an education. Something many women around the world don’t have.
On the morning of April 15th I had two strong legs. On the evening of April 15th I still had two strong legs. There are several people in Boston for whom that was not true.
I did not have to kiss my husband goodbye and send him off to war, wondering if that would be our last kiss.
I did not have to beg for clothing or medical care for myself or others in my family.
When the temperature soared and I pushed a button, I had cool air. When the temperature dropped and turned to freezing, I pushed a button and had heat.
When I walked somewhere, it was because I wanted to and not because I had to.
I did not lose any body parts or die due to an IED. Soldiers, civilians, and children in war torn countries did.
I slept in a bed and not on the street.
I had a Bible in my own language that I could read whenever I wanted.
I lived in a neighborhood and not a refugee camp.
I need absolutely nothing for Christmas.
As we sit down to overeat this Thanksgiving, I pray that all of us will have grateful hearts for the abundance that we have been given. I also pray that we will find ways this holiday season to give to those who have lost so much. Happy Thanksgiving