Thanksgiving is coming up this Thursday, and with it, the celebration of food, family, and football. Rather than coming up with a new post to commemorate the holiday, I'm exercising the blogger's perogative to recycle old material and re-posting the contents of my 2007 Thanksgiving post on the Moonlight Scribbler. This post is simply entitled "Thanksgiving." and it ranks as probably one of the top five posts on this blog.
Some of the circumstances mentioned in this post have changed. My brother passed away a month after the original post was written, and because Thanskgiving falls after payday I will have money in my wallet, but not much. But much still stays the same. I have no girlfriend by my own choosing, my church is still losing parishioners, but we're getting the roof fixed and it looks like I'm not getting invited anywhere on Thanksgiving Day because I work the graveyard. But despite all the crap that I deal with, once again, by my own neglect and/or design, I still try to find something to be thankful for. I still live in my house and not under the Sixth St. Bridge. I still have food to eat, a bed to sleep in, friends that I can enjoy and respect and I still have the Denise. I can pay the bills and still enjoy pretty good health. God has been very good to me. But the 2007 post does serve to remind me and the teeming masses that read this blog, to find the silver lining in the cloud, to smile even when your heart is breaking and above all, in all things, give thanks. Now I give you "Thanksgiving"
I look in my wallet and there's no money...
But I'm thankful I have a wallet.
My house is old, in need of repair, in a crime-ridden neighborhood. I can barely afford to keep it up.
But I'm thankful I have a house.
Last week, a few of the neighborhood kids, with nothing better to do, kicked in my door,
But I'm thankful they didn't take anything.
My job is chimp work. The pay stinks, the benefits are a joke, I work on holidays and I hate what I do.
But I'm thankful to have a job.
I received an invitation by a good friend to have Thanksgiving at her place, I couldn't go because I had to work.
But I'm thankful that she thought highly enough of me to invite me.
My church is poor, the building is not in good shape, we're losing parishioners every year.
But I'm thankful that while we are poor in finances, we are rich in spirit.
My sole remaining brother is not well, he could go at anytime.
But I'm thankful he's still around for now.
I have made bad decisions all my life, They are my own and I blame no one for them. My life could be much better had I made better choices,
But I'm thankful that thus far, I'm still alive, I have had the chance to make any decisions at all, and have the guts to admit when I've screwed up.
I don't have a lot of friends, no girlfriend or lover.
But I'm thankful for the friends I have.
There are times I think that I'm the biggest failure.
But I'm thankful those times made me appreciate the successes I've had.
I have failed God more than a few times.
But I'm thankful that he has not failed me.
I didn't want to go to church this morning. Last thing I wanted to do was to give thanks about anything.
But I'm thankful I did, otherwise, this post would have never been written.