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November 23, 2009 | Vineyard | OS VINE

Are We Thankful?

I know we should be thankful everyday, but are we? I am grateful for this time of year, set aside to specifically to give thanks. We all, no matter what the circumstances are, have much to be thankful for. As the old hymn says, "count your blessings". I find it so true,that when I purposely think of what I have to be thankful for, the small irritations in life fade away. Here are a few of the things I am thankful for:

  • Eternal Life - my sins are forgiven through Christ's death, burial and resurrection
  • My Family
  • Friends
  • Living in freedom in the USA
  • Our warm and comfortable home
  • Food - we have plenty of it
  • Health - we enjoy good health

This past Saturday we participated in our church sponsored, community wide Thanksgiving meal. The girls and I baked 9 pumpkin pies with homemade crust. Six pies went to the church dinner, we gave another to a neighbor and  I confess, we ate two of them. (Yes, we can eat two pies in one sitting very easily!) Our contribution seems so small, but it was such a blessing to give of ourselves even in a little way. It is so easy to become caught up in our daily lives and forget about others. Forget, especially those who are hurting (physical / emotional) or lacking in the necessities which we take for granted.

Let's not forget all we have. It may be difficult to make a list of what you have to be thankful for and it can be. But, take the time...stop and contemplate...count your blessings.


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