by Larry Hehn on November 21, 2012

ThanksgivingTomorrow my American neighbors celebrate Thanksgiving. Up here in Canada, we celebrated our Thanksgiving in October, mainly because our harvest season comes sooner in the Great White North.

Though we may not agree on what day to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m glad both of our countries set aside a day to remember all the reasons we have to be grateful.

Heck, even before either of our two countries were countries, we appointed special days for the population to thank God for His providence.

For several 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.”

Yes, our two countries have many reasons to be thankful.

So many that I catch myself taking them for granted.

I was reminded of this a couple of years ago when a water main burst near our home, leaving us without running water for roughly 30 hours.

No drinking water. No working toilets. No washing your hands. No showers. No washing clothes or dishes. No tea. No coffee. No rinsing after brushing your teeth.

It was only 30 hours, but it felt more like 30 days.

I don’t ever remember thanking God for running water before, but I sure did once the 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.

It makes me wonder just how many blessings God has showered me with, that I haven’t even noticed. It makes me think that, although it’s nice to have a special day set aside to celebrate, maybe every day should be a day of thanksgiving.

What “everyday” blessings are you thankful for?

“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!

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Wade November 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

Last night I put our kids to bed and a couple minutes later our five year old came and asked me to lay with her. So I did and as I laid there I could not be more thankful that I get to tuck my kids in bed at night. And on occasion lay with them for a little while! Thank youLord!


Larry Hehn November 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

I’m with you, Wade. My wife and I also have four kids. Our oldest lives on the other side of the country, and our youngest is 15. I miss those days of tucking them in and sometimes snuggling with them. I’m thankful for those times!


Liz McLennan November 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love this post. Thanksgiving in my favourite holiday and like you, I have many American friends who are soon celebrating their “thankful season.”

I have so much, really: my sons, my husband, my parents, friends (RL and virtual) my health, a home, this city, my teachers, coffee, Baileys, the person who invented trouser socks for women, my furnace, the grocery store and people who have already begun hanging Christmas decorations and light – I love them.
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Larry Hehn November 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

Great list, Liz. The furnace is another one that I didn’t really appreciate until it stopped working. There’s so much to be thankful for!


Sam Van Eman November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I watched Frontline’s “By the Numbers” last night about poverty through the eyes of U.S. children. I know their story from some of my childhood years, and I was reminded to say Thank you–both for the relative plenty now and for the lack then. In both cases, we saw God provide.

Happy Thanksgiving.
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Larry Hehn November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Awesome. Happy Thanksgiving, Sam!


Kevin Martineau November 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Definitely electricity. I don’t know what I would do without it but I take it for granted every day. 🙂
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Larry Hehn November 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

So true, Kevin. Almost all of my work is done by computer, and relies on all sorts of other things that run on electricity. Like you, I wouldn’t know what to do without it.


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