What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?

I spied this “Thought for the Day” on a little piece of paper on the wall of a café in Kerrville, and jotted it down. Before I was asleep, these things came to my mind.

  • My warm bed and the roof that doesn’t leak.
  • Electricity.
  • The heater.
  • Lights, radio, coffee maker.
  • Warm slippers.
  • Other clothing.
  • My loving husband.
  • Our strapping and delightful son.
  • My own good health.
  • My cheery dog.

When I started to run low on ideas before making it to the kitchen next morning, I tried to think of people in the wake of “Super Storm Sandy”:

  • A clean, dry house.
  • Emergency services.
  • Medicines, refrigeration, ice, bleach.
  • The shop down the street.
  • Gasoline for my car.
  • My car.

I know I could pay a visit to a local hospital or nursing home to add to my list:

  • The ability to breathe with ease.
  • The strength to take a few steps.
  • Family who cares about me.
  • Family to care about.
  • The power to chew, to taste and digest.
  • The quickness to be able to learn, to text and recall phone numbers and names.

Or visit a country of deep poverty:

  • Doctors and nurses.
  • Hospitals with sterile conditions.
  • Grocery stores fully stocked. Places to buy medicines, toiletries.
  • Money to make purchases there.
  • Shoes.
  • Paved streets.
  • Sewage systems.
  • Water systems.
  • Schools.
  • Buses, taxis, trains, sidewalks.

Or visit an area with great restrictions on women or on liberties:

  • The freedom to go to school.
  • The freedom to drive and go about alone.
  • Freedom to worship.
  • Freedom not to worship.
  • Peacefully sleeping through the night.

Our Heavenly Creator, thank you for all these things and one million more blessings that we can’t begin to enumerate. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above, ye heavenly host. Creator, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

About the Author

Jane Ragsdale

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Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.

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