When Erma Bombeck was facing her own battle with cancer, she met a little girl named Christina, who had cancer of the nervous system.

When Christina was asked what she wants for her birthday, she thought for a while and then shrugged, “I don’t know. I already have two sticker books and a Cabbage Patch doll. I already have everything!”

Erma said, “When I forget to feel grateful, I hear Christina saying, ‘I already have everything!'”

As we prepare this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s remember Christina’s words.

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… (Ephesians 5:20)

“O Thou who has given us so much, mercifully grant us one more thing: a grateful heart.” — George Herbert