As I recall Thanksgivings of the past, it brings back happy memories, but is also a time of reflection of the great God who provided us with life, work, family and joys.

Each Thanksgiving from the time I was young until my parents were not able to continue the tradition of a Thanksgiving family dinner, my Mom cooked turkey and all the trimmings. It was a wonderful time.

Many Thanksgivings after I got married, I cooked and hosted dinner for the Klaus side of the family. There were a few times I had up to 28 family members in my small house. It was work, but fun.

This time of year brings the question to mind as to what there is to be thankful for. Obviously, there is so much to be thankful for I can't begin to mention all the ways. How about we start by thanking God for His creation, the many blessings He has bestowed upon us and the gifts He has given us.

So today, I thank God for our five senses. Isn't it wonderful to have two eyes and see all the beauty around us? In Psalm 19:1, it states: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." As I look up and see the vastness of the sky, I have to agree with the Psalmist. On a bright sunny day, we can feel the warmth of the sun and on a starlit night we can try to count the stars. Sometimes I just look at the sky and watch the clouds change as they move. This is just the beginning of the wonders we can see.

Have you enjoyed listening to beautiful gospel music, instrumental pieces or other songs? It is a pleasure to hear the sounds of good music. Of course, I enjoy hearing people laugh and talk. We can hear a baby cry when it's hungry or has a dirty diaper. Sometimes I sit on my porch and listen to the sounds in the neighborhood. I hear birds chirping, dogs barking, people walking or driving by, horns beeping and on and on. I'm so thankful I have ears to hear with.

Our nose helps us to enjoy the smells around us. I like to bring a flower to my nose and smell the fragrance it puts forth. Of course, I like to smell the food I'm eating because it adds to the pleasure of the meal. On a rare occasion, the nose might smell danger such as a fire nearby or you might smell a skunk, which we try to avoid. I'm sure you can think of many things you enjoy smelling.

Do we eat and enjoy the food we consume, or do we eat because we have to in order to survive? Maybe you like to add spices to your food or season it with sauce or gravy.

Adding a little salt or pepper can make food taste better. There are all types of cuisines for our eating pleasure and of course being able to smell the aroma of the food adds to the enjoyment. If you're like me, your taste buds work just fine.

Isn't it wonderful to feel? It's delightful to be able to touch someone in a handshake or feel their arms around you as they give you a hug or kiss. Perhaps we feel a baby's soft skin as we hold him (her). The feel of a nice warm coat on a cold day feels so good, or having an air conditioner when it's a hot day is a relief from the heat. I enjoy petting my dog. She especially likes when I rub her. Of course, she likes when I feed her as well.

I've briefly mentioned the senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. God created us with these senses, and I don't know if we think about them or not, but let's thank God for them. They are a wonderful part of our bodies.

Sometimes all five senses kick in at the same time. For instance, let's say you went fishing and caught a fish. But as you were reeling it in, it slips off the hook and gets away. There you are holding your pole, you hear the fish splash back into the water, and you are lamenting over your loss of the big one that got away. Did you notice the beauty of the ripple in the water when the fish dove back into the water? Probably you could already smell the fish frying in the pan and thinking how good it would taste.

It seems appropriate to at least mention the sense some of us lack, and that is common sense. This is a sense we have to develop over a lifetime. This brings to mind several sayings. "I don't think he has the sense he was born with," or "He ain't got a lick of sense."

Either way, these sayings speak volumes about a person. I hope none of us fit into that category.

Thank you for reading my articles and for the encouragement to continue writing. I did not know I could write stories. God has blessed me, and I thank him for you all. So I wish everyone a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Alberta Klaus is a member of the Generations Advisory Group.