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Thanksgiving Every Day

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I believe it was back in November 2009, when many Facebook users accepted a gratitude challenge, posting what they were most thankful for every day that month.  I accepted the challenge, as did many of my Facebook friends.  I remember thinking it was a wonderful idea because it seemed to me that Thanksgiving shouldn’t be just a one-day-a-year event. 

That month, logging on to Facebook was such a pleasure.  I loved reading my friends’ posts because they were posting about how much God had blessed them.  My friends were happy and cheerful.  That's what focusing on God's love for us can do for a person!  :)  But, I would imagine posts that focused on negative things picked up again soon after Thanksgiving was over with. 

I’ve heard of people wishing for “Christmas every day”.   But what about Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving Day will be gone all too soon, but there is no reason why we cannot continue the spirit of Thanksgiving all year around.  Though every day is certainly not a holiday; every day is Thanksgiving Day – especially for Christians.

I recently read a quote by Thomas Merton that I love.  In writing about thanksgiving and gratitude, he said, “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything he has given us — and he has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of his love. Every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from him.

 “Gratitude, therefore, takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God; for the grateful person knows that God is good not by hearsay but by experience, and that is what makes all the difference.”

The kind of gratitude that Thomas Merton wrote about should be felt by all of us daily – not just once a year.  I know that I have experienced so many “God is so good” moments.  I’m sure you have, too.  Would you care to comment and share your gratitude to God for His love and goodness to you? 

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