Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 14, 2012

Putting thanks back into Thanksgiving

By Keith Kappes - Publisher

Nov. 14, 2012 — Thanksgiving is coming up next week and most of us will heartily embrace that uniquely American tradition by gathering family around us and by eating too much. 

But it should mean more to us than a big meal and time off from work.

The gospel song, “Count Your Blessings,” has always been one of my favorites and not just at this time of the year. 

I believe the chorus of that song says exactly what all of us should be thinking and doing that day and every day.

Count your blessings;

name them one by one,

Count your blessings,

see what God hath done!

Count your blessings,

name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

In the spirit of that great song and to encourage all of us to approach this special season with an attitude of gratitude, I want to share a few of the blessings of my life.   

As we gather with our loved ones around the dinner table next Thursday, I hope we can remember the sentiments of these lines of verse from J. A. Shedd:

He who thanks but with the lips

Thanks but in part;

The full, the true Thanksgiving

Comes from the heart.