Who do we Thank?
My son had a doctor’s appointment today in the middle of school hours so we picked him up around 10-30 and took him back to class at about 1:10. As I was walking down the front of the school toward the road I heard the music class singing and stopped to listen. It was raining but the sound of children singing is such a wonderful sound I did not care about getting wet. The song must have been something they were learning in relation to Thanksgiving which we had just celebrated in Canada the day before. The kids were singing, ” I’m thankful for my hands to clap, thankful for my hands to clap. I’m thankful for my hands to clap, thankful for my hands.”, A thought struck me like lightening shattering my joyful reflections brought on by the music. I was suddenly gripped by the harsh reality that most of these kids are saying thank you and yet they do not know who they are thanking for their hands, feet, ETC., Not only is it a reality that most of these children do not know who they are thanking it is also true that they are growing up in a society that by and large would have them believe that there is no one to thank for anything. Our holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas are being reduced to commercial opportunities and the consumption of favorite foods with loved ones. Please don’t get me wrong. I love my family and friends. I enjoy gathering with them to celebrate community and to spend time having a meal together but I am most grateful that I have come to know who to thank for these and many more precious gifts as G. K. Chesterton wrote: “We are thankful to those who fill our stockings with candy on Christmas. Should we not be thankful to God who fills our stockings with legs?” Yes, enjoy turkey and ham dinners. Enjoy friends and family. Enjoy those special traditions that make certain times of year precious to us but in all the food, family and fun please take time not only to remember but to pass on to others just who it is that has given us a country, a family, friends, food and yes life itself. Never forget who you are thanking. Perhaps in future when I hear school children singing my heart will not have to be broken with the knowledge that many of them have already been taught that there is no one out there to thank and the song they are singing is, after all, just a song.
If actions speak louder than words then now is the time for actions to shout.