I normally keep my spiritual thoughts close to my vest. Today this blossomed in my mind on a lovely run, and I felt compelled to share. I hope you enjoy.
I am thankful for my life, but I do not fear death.
I am thankful for today’s feast, though I do not fear hunger.
I am thankful for good health, though I know my body ultimately will fail.
I am thankful for the love of friends and family, for I know that many live alone and feel forgotten.
I am thankful for those who forgive my transgressions, for I work hard to be forgiving.
I am thankful for compassion, for I know too well the suffering caused by spite, anger and resentment in myself and others.
I am thankful for my faith that all acts — whether after thousands of years or thousands of lifetimes — ultimately can work toward good, despite the evil in this world. That is the only possibility if one accepts a patient God of pure, transcendent, unconditional love. And for that I am most thankful.