September didn’t used to be the start
Of holiday shopping and decoration;
Halloween didn’t get this much attention,
Christmas was more about little surprises of love,
Less of expensive expectation.
What in the world happened to Thanksgiving?
Where is the gratitude earnestly expressed,
Appreciating hard work and persistence,
Celebrating God’s bountiful hand of blessing?
We have forgotten thankfulness.
In our hurried life we speed through November,
Some will dash right on to December;
Presents to buy, cards to send, parties, and, and, and—
But I for one, will find a quiet place,
Thank God for His mercy and wondrous grace.
By Elaine Hardt ©2002