I am thankful for the unexpected single occupancy room at the conference I attended last month. The occasional fuller-than-expected gas tank is also an ordinary blessing. The flash of a hawk across my line of sight is again ordinarily extraordinary. I thank you, God. I'm also thankful that the brine last night made the turkey succulently delicious, that the dressing wasn't dry like I had anticipated, that the cranberry sauce wasn't too tart, that the stuffed pumpkin hasn't failed me yet, and that the last bite of the slice of pumpkin pie made the previous lackluster bites worth it. Additionally, I'm thankful for an exuberant parade with children and a father-in-law who enjoyed themselves. Thanks for firewood, Steve Martin, John Candy, and electricity. You continue to shatter my obtuseness, Lord. Glory be to the Father, the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever.
"Therefore whoever is not illuminated by such great splendors in created things is blind. Anyone who is not awakened by such great outcries is deaf. Anyone who is not led from such great effects to give praise to God is mute. Anyone who does not turn to the First Principle as a result of such signs is a fool.Therefore open your eyes, alert your spiritual ears, unlock your lips and apply your heart, so that in all the creatures you may see, hear, praise, love and adore, magnify and honor God, lest the entire world rise up against you." -- St. Bonaventure, Itinerarium mentis in Deum