The following poem captures beautifully the meaning of the coming holiday. The sentiment is such that it should be remembered all year long.
FILL YOUR HEART WITH THANKSGIVING
Helen Steiner Rice
Take nothing for granted, for whenever you do
The “joy of enjoying” is lessened for you ~
For we rob our own lives much more than we know
When we fail to respond or in any way show
Our thanks for the blessings that daily are ours . . .
The warmth of the sun, the fragrance of flowers,
The beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn,
The coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn,
The kind little deeds so thoughtfully done,
The favors of friends and the love that someone
Unselfishly gives us in a myriad of ways,
Expecting no payment and no words of praise ~
Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find
A thankful response to things of this kind,
For the joy of enjoying and the fullness of living
Are found in the heart that is filled with thanksgiving
Are there any words of thankfulness you would like to share?
– Maggie AAR