Glum Christians who say they have not much to give thanks for are wrong. Some of the specifics of my experience, narrated above, are no doubt peculiar to me, but I cannot believe that the quality of my experience is in any way special. So I say: Look for the happy surprises, for they will help you to keep expressing proper gratitude to God all your days.
He writes from the storm centre of a controversy in Canada about the blessing of same sex unions, which has seen attempts to suspend him from Anglican ministry. I suppose he has seen far worse, but to write with such joy of God's blessing in the midst of controversy is a great inspiration. Whenever I think I am hard done by, I am going to make more of an effort to think of things to thank God for. There's always something.
I suppose the only instance in the whole of history where the person suffering had nothing to thank God for was Jesus, at the moment of his crucifixion.