One Thing To Be Thankful For

October 6, 2017
by Mary Daniel

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

1 John 3:17 – But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (NKJV)

Throughout our married years, as times and people came and went, our Thanksgivings consisted of hosting parents, relatives, friends, university students, and then, our adult children and little grandkids.

However, as time moved on, parents passed on, and our family grew. Because we live on an island and the others are on the mainland — or at least more accessible to it — it was easier and more sensible timewise and financially for the two of us to travel to the mainland than for everyone to make the trek to the island.

One thing that hasn't changed is that no matter where we have our Thanksgiving dinner, we go around the table, and each person states at least One Thing for which they are thankful. No excuses. No exceptions.

This year will be different. I shall be in the United States on our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, meeting up with a family member and friends from other parts of Canada to enjoy a hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We will likely have our own little Thanksgiving dinner, and whether or not we state our One Thing of thanks, I shall definitely be thinking of mine.

The One Thing for which I am thankful is that we live in a country that:

  • Allows people to choose to practice the faith of their choice, mine being Christianity and a belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ, for we have had relatives living in a country that once forced them to sneak around to small towns to be able to worship in the church of their faith.
  • Honours and finds its strength in diversity (though we need to work on this a lot).
  • Encourages women to be educated and rise to the heights of their dreams, for we have many female members of our family who have attained their dreams, and young ones who hopefully will strive to do so.
  • Helps those who are in need and gives us opportunities to contribute personally.

Yes, there are many more things that this One Thing encompasses. Some items need more attention, I agree. However, Thanksgiving is a time to focus on the positives, the things for which we are thankful… even if we can think of only one thing.

Prayer: God of our very being, amidst all the ongoing strife and tragedy throughout Your world, our world, may we take a moment to give You our thanks for at least One Thing for which we are thankful as we sit down to enjoy our Thanksgiving meals this Thanksgiving weekend. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great thoughts Mary.


    Amen Mary. And enjoy your trip!


    I knew it was your writing as soon as I read a wee bit. Great!!


    Beautiful. Thank you for reminding us to give special thanks at this time of the year for the many blessings we receive.


    Amen and Amen, Mary. Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. May your thanksgiving weekend be blessed and joyous. Safe travels, my friend. Blessings.


    No matter what … we can always find something to be thankful for. We just need to be willing to look, discover and acknowledge God’s goodness and love is a great place to start.


    MARY
    Thanks for your devoted writing, it is long time no see you on the Daily! Have a happy Thanksgiving day wherever you may be. Blessings to you and yours.


    Thanks Mary
    I no longer have anyone to share a meal with but sure agree with your positives.
    We need to focus more on the positives and there are many.


    Yesterday my chiropractor said her Mom is Jewish her father is Roman Catholic and she said her generation enjoys both. We have Muslim friends who we assisted in settling many years ago.
    (ON)


    Good morning Mary. Loved your devotion this morning and for sure we have so much for which to be grateful. We too go around the table and say one thing for which we are thankful. Love listening to the grandkids way of expressing thanks. We usually get at least one surprise.
    Have a wonderful thanksgiving weekend!


    Greetings and Blessings from our Island to your Island,
    Yes, we DO have much to be thankful for! One thing I am very thankful for is all of the faithful people like you, who are writing messages (Devotionals) and for Lynne and Robin who send those messages around the world – every day! You are a wonderful Team of apostles and I have every faith that you are pleasing God, and preaching “God” to all who will hear. Thank You all!


    Good morning Mary! We thank God and you for your inspiration and your participation in this important outreach Ministry! Your perspective on life, your perspective from the hot air balloon and your perspective on faith are important and helpful. I am so glad to receive you, to hear from you, and thankful for your inspiration in my morning devotions.
    Enjoy the hot air balloon festival and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
    Thank God for the gift of time and strive to be good stewards of the time we have been given!


    Hi Mary,
    I was enjoying your devotional today when I read about your visit to the balloon festival this weekend. I know this is a huge affair, but remembering that God does work in mysterious ways, we have dear friends who are also at this event. I believe they are part of a balloon chasing group, and I know they would be happy to share a word of Thanksgiving with you.
    So … if, if, if … say a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to two dear friends!
    Thanks for your sharing today.
    (Ontario)


    MARY
    Make that a Thanksgiving!
    God bless.


    Mary, it is wonderful to read a devotional from you again. I did enjoy your thoughts so much, and have missed them.
    Thank you for helping us to focus on One Thing for which we can be thankful.


    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for writing your devotional the other day
    Blessings.

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