November 19, 2012: Everyday is Thanksgiving

~ by Mary Galvano

Thanksgiving is here again! Wow, time flies. Let’s all stop and enjoy this special day with all the gratefulness we can have. We have much to be thankful for, don’t we?

When you pause to think about each thing God has given you, even in the midst of tribulation, how can you be anything but grateful? Every day give thanks to our Lord for all the good He has done, for we are nothing without him. Just as the song says from the movie White Christmas, “count your blessing instead of sheep.” It is people, family and friends that matter, not things.

Thanksgiving was never dull at my home growing up. Both my Mom’s family and Dad’s family would gather together under one roof. One side of the family was of Italian decent and one English/Irish. What a combination! The table was so long that it took up two rooms. And the food that was served was out of this world! If any stranger walked in on us they would think we were yelling at each other but, we were just excited to be together. Our hands would be flying all over the place and we would have to talk loud enough to be heard over everyone else’s talking. At the end of dinner my father would get out his guitar and start singing Italian street songs. Anyone could join in singing! It seemed like everyone did, not only with voices, but also with clapping of hands and playing any instrument they could find lying around. It was noisy! Thank God for the noise!

Family means more than anything. It is God’s greatest creation and the reason for great celebration. Family comes in different forms not just by blood, we are family through the Holy Spirit, and there is so much in which to be thankful when we are blessed to have loved ones in our lives. As we admire the splendor of the harvest season, we can be thankful this year for the people God has placed in our lives. They are our family in Christ, God’s true and greatest harvest.

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving Day, we as Catholics get to celebrate thanksgiving day everyday at Holy Mass! The Greek translation of the word Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” How wonderful it is to know we have this awesome gift. God gives us His body and blood in the Eucharist as a reminder that He is always with us.

Tonight and every night, when you are about to go to bed, start counting your blessings instead of sheep. And as you start adding up you blessings, you will soon realize that there is truly much in which to be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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