My family prays before we eat. Sometimes we say it quickly, like an obligation. Other times we do it carelessly, out of habit. At our best times it's a real heartfelt expression of gratitude. It will be Thanksgiving in a few days. We'll spend the day catching up with extended family, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and playing board games. I hope that as we sit down to lots of good food that our prayer will be of the heartfelt variety. Our blessings are so numerous, even in the midst of hard times, that we sometimes take them for granted.