This Thursday in the U.S. we will be observing Thanksgiving. Though this holiday seems to focus more on food than being grateful, I have been thinking about what I am most thankful for this November.
Often we offer our gratitude for the big, obvious stuff – the blessings God sends, our loved ones, friendship across the years, our favorite foods, health and even life itself. But this year my prayer have expanded.
My challenge to myself and I invite you to join me, is to dig a little deeper and think beyond the obvious to those behind the scenes moments and people that need to hear our gratitude. Here are some examples:
- Thankful for the truck driver who brought the food to the processor or the distribution center, the workers who unloaded the food and those who stocked the shelves at the store for our convenience.
- Thankful for the farmer who raised the turkey, the potatoes, the wheat for our bread. The scientists who create new seeds to produce the food we so enjoy.
- Give thanks for those working on Thanksgiving instead of being home with their families – the EMTs, the nurses, those protecting our safety.
- Pause a moment to remember and be grateful for the freedom to get together, to pray freely, and to worship our God. I am thankful for those who fought for our freedom from beginning like our founding fathers to the veterans to those died to we could be free.
We miss the obvious, little things to thank God for.
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
What make me ponder those behind the scenes with such gratitude? And just what am I most grateful for this November?
What I am Most Thankful for this November
What I am most thankful for this November? The carbon monoxide detector.
This simple device was first invented by Chester Gordon and James Lowe, employees of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1925 and in the 1990s the updated version of this handy little device we all should have in our homes by Underwriters Laboratories.
Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer as people can breathe in its poison and never realize its presence. Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning.
Why am I so thankful?
The carbon monoxide detector has saved one of my children’s lives, not just once, but twice.
- When my son was in high school, he didn’t feel well one morning and stayed home ill from school (mmm, looking back on this now maybe his headache and nausea was from carbon monoxide). Both his dad and I left the house and went to work. The shrieking alarm from the detector woke him in the early afternoon. He called his dad who work just a few blocks from our home, open the windows and went outside. We found out later a small piece of metal blocked an essential duct in our furnace and the poison built up and ventilated throughout our house.
Thank you Lord for the carbon monoxide detector for saving my son’s life.
- Then just last week. My daughter with my three priceless grandchildren came home from running errands and upon entering their house, heard not one but all three detectors screaming. The inspectors found a major crack in her furnace that had just been recently turned on when the weather turned cold, releasing the poison into her house at very high levels. He told us that “a simple 9 volt battery in the detector” probably saved their lives.
Thank you lord for the carbon monoxide detector for once again saving my family’s life.
A scary incident. I am overwhelmingly thankful for those behind the scenes who invent, protect, and provide safety for us.
“So while it’s true that Thanksgiving only comes but once a year, we should actually celebrate thanks each and every day. It’s just a matter of learning to live with a spirit of gratitude.”
I am thanking God for giving humans the means, the brains, the creativity to discover such marvelous inventions.
Thank you, Lord for precious, fragile, irreplaceable life.
What behind the scene/less than obvious who or what are you most thankful for this November?
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Nancy Ruegg says
I, too, am amazed by your stories, Jean, and praising God with you for his mercy. You’ve added a whole new category of gratitude for us to contemplate: Things That DIDN’T Happen for Which We’re Grateful!
Jean Wise says
and so often we are not ever aware of how God protects us! God is so good!!
Hi Jean! Oh my goodness, I am so thankful for carbon monoxide detectors too. Once, our family was sitting down to dinner together, and I don’t know why, but I saw the detector start to register numbers. I asked my husband if we should leave the house, and he said “YES!”
We called the fire department, and it turned out that we also had a furnace malfunction. God is good to me, and to you and your family as well. It is sobering to think how many people have suffered before the invention of this wonderful detector.
Happy Thanksgiving my friend! We have so much to thank God for,
Jean Wise says
wow , makes me wonder, Ceil, just how many people have been saved by these detectors. Probably more than has been reported. yes we are blessed! Happy Thanksgiving to you too. God is good!
Martha Orlando says
Wow, Jean! Your stories here have put thankfulness in a whole new light for me. As I continue my gratitude journal, I will definitely take the “behind the scenes” tact as I continue with it. When we stop and think about it, there is no end to what or who deserves our gratitude.
Jean Wise says
It was a scary way to see thanksgiving in new light and when we all sit around the table this Thursday, my heart will be grateful for the lives of my kids/grandkids. I could be planning funeral now instead of a turkey menu. wow that gives me goosebumps. Yes there is no end to those who need and deserve some appreciation. Spread that love. And I am grateful for you and your friendship. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.