Sometimes to realize how very blessed we are we have to look somewhere else. I read today that in 2011, 44% of Africans lived on $1.25 or less a day. I confess I have paid more than that for a cup of coffee before. That's only $456.25 a year. Sometimes we forget just how much we have to be thankful for.
I had a stark reminder at 1a.m. I was sleeping soundly and blissfully, until a realization woke me, bolted me upright and shot me out of bed like a bullet out of a gun.
Today I will be thankful for many things. . .my sweet best friend and husband, my wonderful children, my beautiful grandchildren, our special friends joining us around our table today and all our bountiful blessings. But I will also be thankful for that "still, small voice" that whispered at me in my sleep to wake me up and put the turkey in the oven.
"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."