When I was at my town's Interfaith Counsel meeting a few weeks ago, one of the warm-up exercises was to break up into small groups and discuss what we're thankful for this November.
Honestly I can't remember what everyone else around my table said. I do remember, however, how their eyes glazed over when I said, "I'm thankful for things being normal."
Seeing my compatriots' blank faces, I hurried to explain myself. "Remember how it feels right after a disaster happens, and you think, 'oh, God, I'd give ANYTHING if I could only make things normal again'? I do."
Not that things are great. This year has presented us with health problems, incredible losses in several different spheres of life, a divorce, and a death in the family. Plus we're all worried sick about my stepson.
Many of us have been in situations where we wake up in the morning within the happy haze of normality before memory returned with its dark cloud: Divorce. Death. Bankruptcy. Conviction. Fill in the blank with anything you fear.
Remembering how that feels, don't you feel like getting down on your hands and knees and saying thanks for today being normal? And if your day wasn't normal, you have my sympathy. I pray things get better for you, and soon.