Time To Give Thanks - Time To Remember Others
DEAR ABBY: A year ago, you printed a beautiful
Thanksgiving prayer that I used as the grace before
our meal. Unfortunately, I didn't save the clipping.
Could you please run it again?
-- ELEANOR ALARCON, UNION, N.J.
DEAR ELEANOR: With pleasure!
O heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Since today is Thanksgiving, take just a moment to
reflect upon all of the things for which you are thankful.
How's your health? Not so good? Well, thank God
you've lived this long. A lot of people haven't.
You're hurting? Thousands -- maybe millions --
are hurting even more. (Have you ever visited a
veterans hospital? A rehabilitation clinic for
If you awakened this morning able to hear the
birds sing, use your vocal cords to utter human
sounds, walk to the breakfast table on two good
legs, and read the newspaper with two good eyes,
praise the Lord! A lot of people couldn't.
How's your pocketbook? Thin? Well, most of the
world is a lot poorer. No pensions, no welfare.
No food stamps, no Social Security. In fact,
one-third of the people in the world will go
to bed hungry tonight.
Are you lonely? The way to have a friend is to
be one. If nobody calls you, pick up the phone
and call someone.
Are you concerned about our country's future?
Hooray! Our system has been saved by such concern.
Our country may not be a rose garden, but neither
is it a patch of weeds.
Freedom rings! Look and listen. You can worship
at the church of your choice, cast a secret ballot,
and you can even criticize your government without
fearing a knock on the head or a knock on the door
at midnight. And if you want to live under a different
system, you are free to go. There are no walls or
fences -- nothing to keep you here.
A final thought: Want an instant high? The surest
cure for the holiday blues is doing something nice
for someone. Why not call a person who lives alone
and invite him or her to share dinner?
Better yet, call and say, "I'm coming to get you,
and I'll see that you get home." (Some older
people don't drive, and those who do may not like
to be behind the wheel after dark.)
Try it. And let me know the results.
P.S. Special greetings to those of you in the
military who wrote from remote corners of the
world to tell me that you are using my prayer
on this Thanksgiving Day.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
-- LOVE, ABBY
[ Dear Abby -- from 'Inspired Buffalo' (InspiredBuffalo@lighthouse.net) ]