“Mrs. Smith?” said the voice on the line, “This is Dr. White.”

“Oh.” Rita tried to still her thumping heart. She’d been waiting for this news all day.

“I have just been going through your test results,” Dr. White continued, “and the biopsy looked great—no sign of cancer.”

Rita tried to keep her voice steady, though she felt like shouting for joy. “Thanks, Dr. White. I appreciate your call.”

“No problem, Mrs. Smith. This is the kind of call I don’t mind making. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Later, sitting around their oval table, Rita looked with new eyes at her gathered friends and family. Rita asked if she could say something. At everyone’s expectant look, she said,

In the past, I thought I appreciated all that I have been given. But in the last few days when I haven’t known whether I had cancer or not, I see that I haven’t been grateful enough. I don’t remember the last time I thanked God for the grace He has so freely given me. But from now on, that is going to change. I am never going to miss an opportunity to say thank you.

In the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to forget vital daily blessings. Rita thought she appreciated life—until she almost lost it.

Don’t forget the many blessings that are right around you. They are more numerous than you think.

He who can give thanks for little will always find he has enough. – Author Unknown

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder