Here is an exercise in thankfulness that I found in Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Keep a Quiet Heart. She is actually quoting her father.
“Blessings taken for granted are often forgotten. Yet our Heavenly Father ‘daily loadeth us with benefits’ (Psalm 68:19). Think of some of the common things which are nevertheless wonderful:
-the intricate, delicate mechanism of the lungs steadily and silently taking in fresh air eighteen to twenty times a minute;
-the untiring heart, pumping great quantities of clean blood through the labyrinth of blood vessels;
-the constant body temperature, normally varying less than one degree;
-the atmospheric temperature, varying widely it is true, but never so much as to destroy human and animal life;
-the orderly succession of day and night, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, so that, with few exceptions, man can make his plans accordingly;
-the great variety of foods, from the farm, the field, the forest, and the sea, to suit our differing desires and physical needs;
-the beauties of each day-the morning star and growing light of sunrise, the white clouds of afternoon, the soft tints of a peaceful sunset, and the glory of the starry heavens;
-the symphony of early morning bird songs, ranging from the unmusical trill of the chirping sparrow to the lilting ecstasy of the goldfinch and the calm, rich, bell-like tones of the wood and hermit thrushes;
-the refreshment that sleep brings;
-the simple joys of home-the children’s laughter and whimsical remarks, happy times around the table, the love and understanding of husband and wife, and the harmony of voices raised together in praise to God.”
These, and many more blessings, are good to ponder all through the year, but especially during this time of celebrating Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to the Lord our God, for He is good!