Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Day of Thanksgiving

Giving thanks to God for our spiritual blessings and our physical comforts is often neglected in this fast-paced world we live in today. We go our merry way taking for granted so much with what God showers us daily. On this Thanksgiving Day, just let your heart ponder all the blessings that God bestows upon you without acknowledgment because they have become so routine and normal. Just to list a few: the breath we breathe to live, the sunshine that allows things to grow, the rain that waters the beautiful plants around us, the rainbows in the sky, the moon and stars at night, the grass we mow, the water we drink, the roof over our heads, the bed we sleep in, the birds that sing to us, the car we drive to work, the workplace itself, the privilege we have to attend church freely, our church family. Oh, so many many more---the list could be endless if we let our hearts dwell on the many many blessings God gives us.

When was the last time you thanked God for the special people in your life? Your husband/wife, your children, your parents, your extended families, your friends, your co-workers, government officials, soldiers that are fighting for our freedom, the people that serve you at the bank, the grocery store, at restaurants?

Have you thanked God recently for your health? So many people have health issues and if you don't have health issues now, as you grow older, you will. Thank God for your good health while you have it. How about thanking God for your five senses---the ability to see, hear, taste, smell and feel. As I age, I feel a decline in all of those areas. How hard it would be to totally lose those gifts God has given us. Thank God while you still can.

All of your blessings that you receive daily are gifts from the very hand of God. How long has it been since you've said, "thank you, God." His grace is boundless, His mercies new and fresh every day, His love is so deep and wide, His compassion abundant. We are so richly blessed in every way because He is our God that desires to give good gifts to His children.

It behooves us to develop a thankful heart and to be quick to give praise to the Giver of every good and perfect gift.

I'm so thankful for God in my life, for Jesus who saved me, for the Spirit who teaches me, for my dear and precious family, for my countless friends and Christian brothers and sisters, for spiritual blessings, for physical comforts, for being alive!!!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!


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