Giving thanks for the mundane

I was going to write something about Thanksgiving, but this post by Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy is better than anything I would have written.

Tomorrow, we will give thanks for the many blessings in our lives by indulging ourselves with food, family and football.

And in doing so, we will probably neglect some of the more remarkable facts of our lives, if only because they are so remarkable, we barely notice them.

Presumably, the sun will rise tomorrow—but when it does, we shall not stop to worship it, as the pagans of old may have done. Most of us shall hardly even notice it. It is a fact so important that our entire existence depends upon it, yet so normal and mundane that we barely give it a nod before moving on.

This, though, is understandable. Our sense of astonishment and wonder, our sense of thanksgiving, is so often misguided.

I won’t give away the rest. You’ll have to go read it for yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving, and remember to thank God, the giver of all good gifts, for all of His blessings, both remarkable and mundane.

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  1. I for one developed a huge appreciation for “mundane things,” after a recent fall resulted in a broken elbow. Thank God, it has healed and I’ve regained the use of my arm. Some of those “mundane things,” I’m thankful for:


    The ability to drive my car.


    Tying my own shoelaces.


    Getting dressed like a normal person instead

    of using the Houdini method.


    Cutting my own meat.


    Washing and styling my hair.


    Typing with both hands on the keyboard

    instead of using the hunt and peck method.


    Being able to hold anything with the affected


    And that’s just for starters.

    Counting my blessings during this Thanksgiving/Christmas season – Susan