For those who can't remember to give thanks

Posted by Jamie Buckland on Thursday, November 25, 2010

This picture was taken of my family around our first Thanksgiving together.  It brings back many memories.  I'm remembering where I was getting my hair done back then...the night I let my parents babysit to go get my nails done...Emma's bonnet...Ethan's sweater...Greg's #8 rugby shirt...there are memories behind all of those things. 

My mother-in-law has suffered from MS for almost 30 years.  She has little cognitive function.  She doesn't have many actual memories.  Of anything.  She can't sit and recall Greg's childhood.  She can't sit and recall the birth of her granddaughter, or the adoption of her grandson when he took on the Buckland name. She asks the same question over and over never realizing you just answered.  Her memory was off when Greg and I started dating in the fall of '01, but she could still work at carrying a conversation.  Now, she is almost empty.

I hope you enjoy this scroll down some of my memories.  But I ask that you don't take them for granted.  Don't take your own for granted. Let us praise God for our health, and our ability to recall what we did today.

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.  ~William Jennings Bryan

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.  ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.  ~Author Unknown

O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefor.
~Author Unknown

It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.  ~James Smith

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?  ~George Canning

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer

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