Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day

By: Nathan G. Osmond

The month of November rolls around each year
And we go through the same old traditions
We stuff the turkey and we stuff our faces
There’s always leftovers in the kitchen

But more often than not we seem to forget
The reason we celebrate this day
So before we check out all of tomorrows BIG sales
Let us pause for a moment and give thanks

Give thanks to your parents who have given so much
Give thanks for your grandparents too
And how ‘bout your uncles and aunts, nephews, nieces
Think of all of the people who love you

Give thanks for your health and your clothes and your house
Give thanks for the food in your cupboards
When you’re done with that second or third plate that you’re eating
Be glad you’re not starving like so many others

Give thanks for those who put their lives on the line
So that you and I can be free
Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifices
That have been given to you and to me

Give thanks for your teachers; give thanks for your friends
Give thanks for your enemies too
Give thanks for the trials and the lessons you’ve learned
That have molded and shaped the one we call “you”

But most of all let us never forget
The greatest gift ever given
When a child was born in Bethlehem
Swaddling clothes wrapped that gift sent from Heaven

It’s because of Him glad tidings of great joy
Can be uttered in every tongue
As He paid for our sins in Gethsemane
And said, “not my will, but thine be done.”

And because of His great sacrifice
We know that death is not the end
Oh grave where is thy victory? Oh death where is thy sting?
When Jesus is our friend?

We have so much to be grateful for
And yet how often we forget
To recognize the source of all blessings
Are we poor bookkeepers? You bet!

So before we pig out, let us all remember
To bow our heads and pray
The quickest way to get rich is to count all your blessings
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!


Kimberley said...

Dear Nathan,
Thank you for this great reminder. I am grateful for good people like you who help me remember to have an attitude of gratitude.

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your wonderful family,
Kimberley Kelley

Jane E. Best said...


Thank you for this.....cried as I read it. You and your family have truly blessed my life and I am thankful for each and everyone of the Osmonds.

God has been so good to all of us and praise His name that we will all be with Him in Heaven.

Wishing you and your entire family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving day.

Love always!

JackieO said...

Great poem Nathan. I don't think you've changed a bit since I knew you oh so many years ago. Love to your brothers, your father and your mother!

Zakkochan said...

Thanks for sharing this poem. I like it. ^ ^