The Measure of Thanksgiving

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

~W.T. Purkiser~


On the eve of Thanksgiving, I stop and ponder

over all of my blessings and I wonder

Do I “use” them in a thankful way?

How do I mold them to glorify this day?

My blessings are many, tis true.

A bright-hued rainbow in full view.

Family, friends and the faces at work

A roof, a job and two gray cats who lurk.

A full belly and little regret

Life independent, no holes in the net

Faith, community and soul sisters

Never mourning the absence of a mister

Again, I stop and ponder

over all of my blessings and I wonder

Do I treat those blessings with love and delight?

Do I defend those blessings with all my might?

In the days to come

Let me be the one

To give thanks…yes!

To think of myself less

And use those blessings for good

As He surely meant they would

1linerwedsbadgewesThis thanksgiving poem is part holiday post and part one-liner. For additional words of wisdom, click HERE to visit Linda G. Hill’s one-liner blog post for this week. Join in the fun, add your one-liner in a post, then share a link via a comment on Linda’s post.

21 responses to The Measure of Thanksgiving

  1. Whatever your reason for the poem, I thank you for it. The holidays bring high expectations for mostly unrealistic days of pure bliss. But, we all have a list of things to be thankful for. We just have to remember, reflect, and express thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Judy, same to you. I’m very grateful and thankful this year that I still have my mom, wonderful friends and a life! As long as I’m living and breathing, that’s a plus. 🙂

  2. Phil Ryan says:

    Lovely poem, Mary with a tremendous sentiment. As someone who has been guilty of thinking about glasses being half empty or not even accepting I have a glass, it’s good to take a timeout to realise what we’ve got. Happy thanksgiving.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh, that darn half empty glass! We all tend to focus on that one at times, myself included. I hope you have a full glass today and in the days to come. I believe refills are free. 😉

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    A truly thought provoking post this morning, Mary. I would admit to being one of those who, while I am grateful for all the blessings in my life, have a tendency to over-focus on the empty half of the glass.

    Happy Thanksgiving and my best wishes for a lion’s helping of life’s great bounty ❤

  4. cwaugh212 says:

    A truly inspired poem,
    I’ll take the message home,
    And ponder my life
    With my wonderful wife
    Knowing I’m not alone.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    You ask a very important question, Mary. It’s one we should all ask. Most of us have so many blessings. Thanks for adding this the holiday season!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I really cannot complain about anything this weekend. I am very fortunate and try to remember that there are those without homes or the knowledge of where their next meal will come from. Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving Dan!

  6. joey says:

    Well spiritually, I know we are different. I cannot know His feelings on the matter, but from my own end, I see you as a light 🙂 All the best people are lights. ❤
    Have a very happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your pie!

  7. LB says:

    Well done!
    And yes, it is the time to remember how fortunate we are and to give to those who don’t have so many blessings.

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