Thoughts of Thanks…

If you could use a little inspiration this Thanksgiving, try visiting this site. Turn your sound on and pay attention. I believe the site is sponsored by a Military Support Group, but it’s not just about the military.  Thanksgiving is, it seems to me, a particularly appropriate holiday for Grange folks to feel some kinship with… it’s about the harvest, certainly, and we might do well to note that the bounty of the harvest is always somewhat relative.

History tells us that nearly half of those early pilgrims perished during their first year here. And yet they found cause to celebrate and recognized there is always much to be thankful for even when things seem bleak by most standards. No, we can’t necessarily make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. But we can find value and beauty in almost everything around us. Often times the greatest beauty and the highest value is found in the simplest.

We can be thankful for what we have–that’s somewhat the point of the Thanksgiving Meal. But let’s not forget to be thankful for what others do and perhaps, even, for who others are.  And while we’re being thankful, why not be thankful for what we do and who we are?

When asked about angels, nine year old Ashley said, “My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got 
a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.”

Who are our angels… and who’s angels are we? That’s a worthy Thanksgiving Thought!