Three-Sixty-Four by Heather Spears Kallus
Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.
by Heather Spears Kallus of Inez
I'm thankful on Thanksgiving Day, but eager to do more.
Can I be grateful on that day, plus three-sixty-four?
What happens on those other days that fill up the year?
Do we pack them full of fret, negativity and fear?
I've heard that it's a thankful heart that welcomes lasting peace.
Once we are appreciative, our worries seem to cease.
Can we be thankful for the meals we eat that are cold?
We should because we do have food. For some, that is gold.
Can we give thanks for laundry on the floor that is piled?
We should because we do have clothes to wrap our every child.
Can we thank God for endless lines at the grocery store?
We should because that means we have someone to cook for.
Can we be thankful for a child who never sleeps at night?
We should because we have a child to hold so very tight.
Can we thank God for troubles with the house, the car and such?
We should because it means that we've been blessed with oh so much.
Can we thank God for pokey trucks and even traffic, too?
We should because it gives us time to say prayers overdue.
Can we thank God for running late to where we need to be?
We should because it means we have a place to be, you see?
Can we thank God for aches and pains we have when getting old?
We should because there are some who'll die too young, I'm told.
Can we be thankful for a house that's messy on most days?
We should because that house is full of children who we raise.
Can we give thanks for times we've felt alone and so afraid?
We should because the Lord was close beside us as we prayed.
Can we thank God for times we disagree with those we love?
We should because we can forgive with grace from up above.
Can we thank God for extra pounds we just can't seem to shed?
We should because that means for us, our family is fed.
Can we thank God for mornings that come too soon, we say?
We should because we have received the gift of life that day.
And what about those dishes stacked high there in the sink?
We'd thank the Lord for them, too, if we'd just stop and think.
Burdens that we claim might be blessings in disguise.
Can we praise God with thankful hearts? I think it would be wise.
Is it truly possible? We can, and we should,
To show our thanks for the Lord, crucified on wood.
Let's work at being grateful for the blessings, down they pour,
On Thanksgiving Day for sure . plus three-sixty-four.
Heather Spears Kallus, Inez