Today I am thankful for the abundance of my life. I had to scrape pennies together - almost literally - to purchase the little odds and ends that I needed to complete my holiday meal. I felt overwhelmed with the bounty of my life even as I did so. I bypassed the sugary sodas and hoped that my family would not feel like our holiday meal was served without "special beverages" but I couldn't justify the expense of a non-nutritive food item. We'll have coffee and tea and hot chocolate as options, a pitcher of lemonade, and an endless supply of fresh water from the well. In all this world, how many people have so many options for refreshment?
I couldn't afford fancy gourmet items for the table. We'll make do with simple fare, much of it inspired by my southern-roots. Cornbread, green beans with sage and onion, Black eyed peas with greens... along with the usual mashed potatoes, acorn squash, and wild rice, and barley pilaf stuffed portabella mushrooms. We'll have pumpkin pie and apple cake and a cranberry relish loaded with other fruits; pineapple, apple, orange and ginger. This feast, while not as spectacular as some folks will have, is a wealth of sustenance. Sometimes we are too worried over financial troubles, the economic downturn, or work and school related stresses, to notice the riches that abound in our average American lives.
When I compare my home to some of the "cottages on the lake" that are built around here... I might notice that our house is smaller, shabbier, less showy... but instead I've noticed that ours is warm, and dry, and comfortable, and overflowing with the treasures that can't be bought.
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you the joy of being thankful for the blessings in your life.