"I am the way and the truth and the life"
Have you ever sat down to truly appreciate something? Oh I know, we rush through prayers of thanksgiving all the time. But to really sit down, soak in the fact that we exist, have food, enjoy health... Do we basque in thoughts like that? Our lives often become a blur of activity leaving us out of breath to contemplate just for a second how lucky we are, the unique picture we live in. Imagine an early American settler having a vision of the life you live. He sees you in some strange vehicle moving fast. It's not a horse? He sees you stuffing your face with delicious "fast food" every once in a while. You didn't have to hunt for it? Wait, how do you have time to go sit on a beach and enjoy nature during the summer? He sees you get sick with a fever but not even think that you might die. Medicines like these will exist one day?
Taking things for granted is what makes us sad people sometimes. Sure, life gets tough. There's no doubt about that. But to completely dismiss the countless wonders that surround us each day is a crime. Thank you, Lord, for your many gifts to us