I know I take it for granted. Every day, my pantry has food in it. I have a whole bag of flour in there, plus two (one white, one whole wheat) that haven’t been finished yet. There’s meat in the freezer and vegetables in the crisper. I have olive oil and canola oil, butter and cheese, yogurt and grapes…a feast many people only dream of. The days of rummaging for change to buy potatoes are a memory, and even then I was blessed to afford those.
Never mind where we are compared to the Forbes 500 (ha!), never mind where we are even compared to the median income. We are so so unbelievably blessed.
More than that, we have family to laugh with, friends to share our table with, and we can sleep in peace without fear of war breaking out over our heads at night.
“Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew: We yield thee hearty thanks and praise for the return of seedtime and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of its fruits, and for all the other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people.
And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of these great mercies, such as may appear in our lives by a humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.”
– The Book of Common Prayer