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Every year as my family and “framily” gather around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, before we indulge in our plates piled with food, we take turns sharing one thing we have been thankful for during the past year. Last year, we put a new twist on our family tradition, making a rule that you could not say the same thing that someone else had already shared at the table. This meant that the first people who shared said the big things that many of us are thankful for, like family and friends. Yet, as we made our way around the table it became clear that we have plenty to give thanks for both big and small.
It made me realize that out of the 365 days a year, we only have one that is dedicated to gratitude, Thanksgiving. Yet on all those other days, whether they are days that will become important memories, days that are tough to get through, or mundane days, we can think of something that causes us to whisper or shout “Thank you.”
Anne Lammott, one of my favorite authors, shares in her book, Traveling Mercies, “Here are the two best prayers I know: “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
What are you thankful for today? Have you whispered to God