Thanksgiving Day Every Day

by Larry Hehn on October 11, 2010

thanksToday my country Canada celebrates Thanksgiving Day. Our neighbors in the United States will be celebrating their Thanksgiving Day next month. Even before either of the two countries were countries, they appointed special days for the population to thank God for His providence.

For many years in Canada the day was officially observed “for general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings with which the people of Canada have been favoured.” In the United States, George Washington declared Thanksgiving Day “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”

Our two countries have much to be thankful for. So much that I catch myself taking some of these things for granted. I was reminded of this last year when a water main burst near our home, leaving us without running water for roughly 30 hours.

No drinking water.
No working toilets.
No bathing.
No washing clothes or dishes.
No tea.
No coffee.
Did I mention no bathing?

I don’t ever remember thanking God for running water before, but I certainly did once the water main was repaired and our water supply restored. I had completely taken this gift for granted. When I later read that more than one billion people in the world do not have a safe source of water, I became even more thankful and aware of how blessed I really am.

“We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.” – Dwight L. Moody It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. – Psalm 92:1

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

What “everyday” blessings are you thankful for?

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cycleguy October 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

Larry: how much time do you have? If I stop to seriously consider what I have to be thankful for I would go on and on. I am thankful for running water. I am thankful for a faithful wife. I am thankful for two adult daughters who are still proud of their pop. I am thankful for my grandson who turns 4 on sunday. I am thankful for the church family God has entrusted to me as a shepherd. So much more. Thanks for the reminder.

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Larry_Hehn October 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

And I am thankful that you shared this with us, Bill. Happy Thanksgiving!

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j4man October 12, 2010 at 11:01 am

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Larry!

I am thankful for many things – Jesus,wife, kids, calling in life but you asked about everyday things (not too sure those listed are not everyday but I wanted to list somethings that are different) – I am grateful for sunshine and birds singing. Why? They just express life and living as well as warmth and Joy.

Thanks for the post.
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Larry_Hehn October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Thanks, Jim. It was a great Thanksgiving. There are many things to be thankful for! I appreciate your comment.

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Tony J Alicea October 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for a little background. I always wondered about the Canadian thanksgiving. I was like, what's next, are they going to take our Christmas Day too?? j/k

Such a true quote by Moody. I always pray that I can maintain a thankful heart in all things.

By the way, I want to get up and visit Canada one of these days. I hear it's beautiful.

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Larry_Hehn October 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Yep, we Canadians always like doing things just a little bit different than Americans, just to keep our identity. I am glad that our other holidays are synchronized, though. I must admit that even though I've lived here all my life, there is still a lot of Canada that I have not seen. But it is beautiful up here. You're welcome to come up any time!

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Scotty October 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Great thoughts, spot on! Hope your Thanksgiving was a rich blessing!

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Larry_Hehn October 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Thanks, Scotty. Always nice to hear from you!

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