Chat With the Chaplain
Over the past few weeks, people throughout the United States of America celebrated the day that calls forth from everyone, a reminder to do what we might (ought to) remember to do on each day of the year, namely, to """"""""Give Thanks!"""""""" In this article, I would like to share a few thoughts with you about (1) what we might be thankful for; and (2) to whom we might express said appreciation.
(1) I give thanks for my life: body, mind and spirit, and for all of the food that sustains me in each phase of my life. Such includes a) the peanut butter and jelly of my youth and the surf and turf of later days; the great books of literary fame and healthy discussions and debates; the inspiring nudges of the Holy Spirit. I am grateful for the air that I breathe as well as the water and sun that replenish the earth with provisions for all people on every continent. I give thanks, also, for the birds of the air, the fish of the sea and for all animals of the earth, both wild and tame. When I look into the night sky, I express a prayerful gratitude for the billions of stars, the planets and for all of those unseen galaxies yet to be discovered. Awesome realities from an awesome God! Wow!
(2) The Psalmist in the Hebrew scriptures expresses a response to the latter question """"""""It is good to give thanks to the Lord."""""""" And secondly, to a large community of people. Among the latter, I would include every person whom I have ever met. Less I should be criticized for hyperbole (excessive exaggeration,) allow me to present a chart that reaches out to every individual or group of people, with whom I have been identified, from the day I rested in my mother's womb.
Looking forward to expanding this chart in the future, I encourage you, the reader, to make a chart of your own. Simply, draw some circles and fill them in with those people whom you remember and who have left an impact on your life (from earlier years to later.) Give thanks for each one as they come to mind and add them to your chart. I suggest that you keep a small notebook with you throughout the day and placed on your bed table when turning in for the night. You might find that your dreams bring back memories of loved ones from your past.
Even animals our pets touch our lives in many ways that influence how we live. All creatures great and small, said James Herriot, beloved English author and veterinarian, the LORD GOD made them all.
It will always do your heart good to give thanks.