Why me? Why have I been blessed with so much? Why do I only need to turn on a tap to have a drink of cold water or a nice warm shower? Why do I have food on my table and clothes in my closet? Why do I knit and sew for fun rather than necessity? Why was I born in this wonderful country?
Every year, the same guilt sucks the joy out of my blessings. How can I praise God for His good and perfect gifts while another family wonders where their next meal will come from, another mother watches her child wasting away, another child must work rather than attend school?
Finally, this year, I have my answer.
"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."
I have been given much. So much. And it is meet and right to praise God for those blessings He has showered upon me.
But from those who have been given much, much will be demanded. Much is expected from me. It is my responsibility and my joy to bless others in turn. My question must not be why me, nor why not them, but simply what is now expected from me? What can I now do to give out of my great wealth? Time, money, possessions, encouragement, love, prayer - all these things I can, must, be willing to give.
May my eyes be open to the deep need around me, and may I never fail to give as the opportunity arises. To my fellow Canadians, blessings to you on this Thanksgiving day!