Modified: November 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm •  Published: November 27, 2013



DEAR MELBA: Here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving. The first thing we should think of when thinking of Thanksgiving is giving thanks. The following prayer is appropriate for every day but especially for Thanksgiving.

Oh, heavenly Father, we thank thee for food, and remember the hungry.

We thank thee for health, and remember the sick.

We thank thee for friends, and remember the friendless.

We thank thee for freedom, and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to service that thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

And don't forget that Thanksgiving is not just for one prayer of thanks plus feasting. We should count our blessings.


Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Count on God instead of yourself.

May I add just one more thing? Around Thanksgiving a few years ago, radio commentator Paul Harvey shared a story of a woman and her frozen Thanksgiving turkey.

The company that processed and sold that particular brand of turkey had set up a telephone hotline to answer consumer questions about preparing turkeys. One woman called to inquire about cooking a turkey that had been in the bottom of her freezer for 23 years. That's right — 23 years. The representative told her the turkey would probably be safe to eat if the freezer had been kept below zero for the entire 23 years. But warned that even if the turkey was safe to eat, the flavor would probably have deteriorated to such a degree that she would not recommend eating it. The caller said, "That's what I thought. I'll give the turkey to our church."

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