When helping our activity director with a Thanksgiving-themed display, I came across the following quote which seemed quite apropos for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and, for that matter, the entire year: “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’” (William Arthur Ward)
We have this quote hanging in our activity room display case now, along with “hand”-made turkeys by our residents. During our Bible Study, they were asked to trace their hand; from this, they made a picture of a turkey by connecting the fingers for feathers and adding extremities such as a comb and beak. Before coloring their bird, residents were to write one thing they were thankful for on each feather. We do this activity every year, but it is a good exercise in remembering to be grateful. Some things our residents were thankful for included: food, a home, family, friends, and knowledge.
It seems to me that we so easily take God’s many gifts for granted. This Thanksgiving season, my hope for myself, and for everyone, is to devote more of the seconds of my day (86,400) to lifting my heart in gratitude! ~Sr. Christina Neumann, OSF