Thanksgiving happened not too long ago. We only just finished all the leftovers in the ‘fridge. Maybe, at your house, too. Perhaps at your gathering, people went around the table sharing something they were thankful for. If you went to church that week, undoubtedly the sermon was about gratitude.
But then Black Friday came and all of a sudden, we’re all tumbling down the slope into the Christmas season. Thanksgiving was left behind in the rushing blur of life.
Most of us don’t think much more deeply about gratitude. As children, we were taught to say “thank you” when someone helped us, or served us, or gave us something. A word of thanks just seems to be part and parcel of polite relationship. Something so basic doesn’t seem to warrant further thought.
That’s too bad, because not only is gratitude the cornerstone for healthy spirituality. It’s also incredibly good for us. I mean that in literal, tangible, measurable ways!