Many of you will know the song "Give Thanks
" from a more modern Christian service, which first instructs us to give thanks with a grateful heart. What does that mean to you this day?
I walk upstairs from my office, and on the couch I see Littlest asleep. Buttercup is on the couch at her feet; Sparkler occupies the dog bed meant for BC. "Littlest" is now a joke, as she's about to be the tallest of the Banaians. When asked what she did yesterday she reported "a good run and a chapter of algebra 2." She considers that a good day. I am grateful for the gift she is, and for the love of my marriage that she represents.
I'm grateful for the career I have. I have great colleagues in my department, a wonderful staff, and a university that has long been supportive of me professionally even when they dislike my politics. I don't think I was so grateful when I started this blog seven years ago as I am now. If that's just aging, it has been worth the tradeoff of now needing to stretch 20 minutes before going to bed just so I can get out of it again. (I'm grateful as well for the advice health professionals gave me to make that so much better.)
I am grateful for the last twelve months of the activities in Washington. Never before in my adult life have people asked such basic questions about how the economy is organized. What I do professionally is more relevant to more people than ever. We have thanks for the harvest
, and the economy that brings it
. It keeps listeners for my radio programs and students for my classrooms and readers for my writings. I'm both humbled and grateful for the interest.
Dennis Prager tweete
d a few moments ago, "Given the great amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world, I am deeply grateful for how much misery I have been spared." This and the promise of the Gospel is, above all else, what we give thanks for today.