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The Real Thanksgiving Message

2010 November 25
by Gluten Free Dee

The beautiful part of this season
Is some people finally pause
And examine their lives and loved ones
Rejoice, and give thanks because

They were born in a country with plenty
Running water and lights on a switch
Fresh produce, meats and bread
Abundance and variety in each dish

Our homes are warm and have plumbing
We use without giving a thought
A switch heats our food and our baked goods
In each room TV sets we just bought

We have books, DVDs and CDs
In every nook and cranny in our homes
Our windows have coverings so lovely
Our bathrooms filled with brushes and combs

We breathe clean air and see the mountains
Which we are free to photograph and climb
We laugh with our friends while out dining
And enjoy wine and soda all the time

We hop in our cars to get somewhere
And crank up our favorite tunes
Flip open our laptop and sip latte’
On “outside the office” afternoons

Our cell phones text and search 24/7
And keep us in touch with our tribe
On Facebook and Twitter you’ll find us
On our blog our latest diatribe

Our children have options for learning
Books, libraries and hot lunches
Sports, lessons and music too many
Shoes, clothes and stuff in bunches

We are free to worship a Christ who loves us
Without major persecution in the states
And demonstrate Christ’s love to others
Without them walking into a church with gates
We have people who teach us to be healthy
And develop our minds every day
We have friends and family who love us
There are so many things I could say

But the real message to you this Thanksgiving
Is to cherish the blessings you have
Despite imperfect families or sick bodies
And bank accounts that may need some salve

Our plenty is dreamed of by others
In multiple billions around the globe
We are truly blessed, so on this Thanksgiving
Forgive me, if your heart I did probe

Copyright 2010 Dee Valdez, Gluten Free Consultant
Use with permission if copyright is intact

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