The Millennium Chorale is practicing a song called Thankful for our upcoming concert. It was made famous by Josh Groban on his 2008 Christmas CD. Thankfulness should be year round, but at this time of year it is especially on our minds and hearts.
The song states that "Some days we forget to look around us, we can't see the joys (or the sorrows) that surround us." In other words, we take life for granted. We get so caught up in our own little world that we fail to look beyond ourselves.
In this time of religious and political polarization, the words of the song have a special meaning. "Even with our differences, there is a place we're all connected. Each of us can find each other's light." Sometimes it is hard to see that light in others. It may be masked by our own blinders. Or others may be failing to let their light shine. But we know it is there because we are all human beings.
If we believe that we are the eyes, ears, voice, hands and feet of God here on earth, then it is incumbent upon us to make a difference. We must keep our focus on the vision of what we know can be. And that is a world at peace.
The song says, "Its up to us to be the change, and even though the world needs so much more, there's so much to be thankful for."