May [our] merciful God make tender my heart, and make me as thankful, as in my distress I was earnest, in my prayers.
From The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb, 1796-1820.
On 7 April 1797 Charles Lamb wrote to his friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, rejoicing that his sister Mary’s mental illness was much improved, so that her carers could ‘get her out into the world again’. He called her his ‘ever-present and never alienable friend’ and looked after her all his life.
What ‘not common blessing of Providence’ should I be thankful for today?