What do we have, brothers and sisters, that has not been given to us? All is grace. All is given. Who gave me this hand? Who wiggles these fingers? Who created these eyes which I cannot explain or understand? I cannot even make this hair grow. It is all gift. From beginning to end, everything is grace, everything is given.
In honor of Thanksgiving, I share this short video (produced by the great folks at "The Work of the People"). It's a humorous parody of a tradition many families observe on Thanksgiving Day that goes something like this: "Let's go around the table and have everyone name something they are thankful for."
For me, this video is a reminder not to slip into superficiality as I consider that for which I am thankful. And, even more, it's a reminder that, ultimately, all my gratitude and thanks ought to find its way to God, the source of all goodness and blessing.