the eve of thanksgiving
America sets aside the day to be especially aware of the people, communities, place, opportunities, events, things, etc for whom/which we are thankful. To say that Americans have much to be thankful for, is such an understatement it borders on being trite.
· In a world of hunger, most American’s have food;
· In a world where roughly 40,000 people die everyday because of unclean drinking water, most Americans waste more clean water than they drink;
· Though there is war, we live in relative peace;
· In many places on our globe the religious are persecuted while we have considerable freedom;
· Or think Africa’s AIDs epidemic and our relative health;
· Economically, even the average American is part of the richest 3% of human beings on the globe.
I wish it were that simple its not. We have often lived as though we are entitled to these blessing; entitlement is the enemy of gratitude. America – including my family – consumes more food, wastes more water, creates more wars, and has the resources to aid the persecuted, tend to the ill, educate children, and work together to better the lives of the poorest of the poor.
And so, I engage as whole heartedly as I can in the costly discipline of thankfulness. I make the willful choice to see the many gifts I enjoy as an invitation live as a good and global neighbor. With the hope that as I grow in thankfulness I will not consume as I once did; my eyes will be opened; and my heart will be moved. God help me to notice, to be thankful, and to be a good neighbor.
What could a deep and enduring sense thanksgiving lead to?