Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that ushers in Christmas and those warm, fuzzy memories of past winters. It’s a milestone in which we perceive the year coming to a close and we reflect upon significant events that blessed us, challenged us, or rocked us. It’s almost like a birthday; once it arrives, we are thankful we have lived to see another one.
This type of personal reflection and gratitude was a response we sought to generate from Library patrons, mainly consisting of Andrews University students. Our interactive Thanksgiving board we posted in the Library lobby asked them, “What are you thankful for?” This short and sweet question that generated varied responses that we grouped into the themes Family and Friends, God, Food and Health, Education, Adventist Pioneers, Work, and Other.
In total we received over 94 responses. Some were single-word notes, others long. Some contained multiple exclamation marks, and some multiple smiley faces.
The biggest theme of gratitude was “friends and family.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise as these loved ones are the ones who are there for us in the good and the bad. “Thankful for life, family, friends, and Makarios =)”, wrote one individual. Another individual wrote, “God’s love, family & friends. Second chance & more….” And “The baby in my womb : ) ” was yet another reason to be thankful for.
Gratefulness to God was another theme that stood out. One personwrote, “Thankful for God’s love, grace & mercy. Oh how He loves you and me!”
This time of the year, it’s not hard to be thankful for comfort food and to get finals out of the way. “Doughnuts & completion of my first final,” wrote a patron. People were so thankful, they even were grateful for James White, Ellen G. White, and J.N. Andrews.
Our fellow JWL employee Ashley also made it on the board, along with scarves, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and answered prayers. Overall it was a solid amount of responses, and a blessing to see so much gratefulness. We too at James White Library are very thankful this time of the year, especially for you, our dear patrons.
-James White Library