Grace to you!
There is a didactic story in the humorous book by George Mikes entitled, How To Be Decadent, which I will share with you, as it sheds light on the theme of Thanksgiving.
It is about a man in Budapest who goes to a Rabbi and complains, "Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?" The Rabbi answers, "Take your goat into the room with you." The man is incredulous, but the Rabbi insists, "Do as I say and come back in a week." A week later, the man comes back looking more distraught than before. "We cannot stand it," he tells the rabbi. "The goat is filthy." The Rabbi then tells him, "Go home and let the goat out. And come back in a week." A radiant man returns to the Rabbi a week later, exclaiming, "Life is beautiful. We enjoy every minute of it now that there's no goat—only the nine of us."
This man learned to be grateful for what he had after he experienced something worse. A life of gratitude, even in the worst situations, is healthy and wonderful.
As we, in the United States, celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday, I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. Let us be grateful for all the gifts we have received—freedom, opportunities, security, faith, friends, family and more importantly, the gift of our life.
Sometimes, we are so engrossed in bad news around us that we don’t seem to appreciate and count our blessings. May we count our blessings, knowing there are many elsewhere for whom what we take for granted is a luxury.
Thanksgiving is to somebody, the giver of the gift. Thanksgiving is to someone from whom we have received blessings. Thanksgiving isn’t addressed to ourselves; it is about us looking beyond ourselves. It heals from excessive self-centeredness, a wonderful opportunity to be grateful. It’s a day to give THANK YOU a chance.
How about as we share our meals (the delicious turkey, potatoes and gravy), we look each other in the eye and be grateful for the gifts of one another?
A thank you to a parent, a spouse, a child, a friend, a relative, or a coworker on this day would be a wonderful gesture of Thanksgiving. Ultimately, a “thank you Lord” to God, the giver of all beautiful gifts from the heavens, would be a homerun.
Thank you all my friends and family for being part of my life and story. Thanks for your love and prayers. Thank you for the feedbacks that have made me better at what I do. Thank you for supporting my ministry. Thank you God for everything.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.