In the midst of the Thanksgiving weekends marked by different countries at different times dates in the month of October, the “How do we give thanks” question arises.

How do we give thanks

… when there is unemployment or illness in our family?
… when there are senseless deaths caused by terrorists, drunk drivers, machine guns?
… when abusive substances continue to attract the youth and ruin lives? 
… when we feel depressed, or spiritually dry or lonely or grieving?
… when hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, mass shootings, famine, violence, “isms” are prevalent?
… when abductions happen and people of all ages are forced to become sex slaves?
… when we don’t know if tomorrow will bring war?
… when we don’t know if there will even be a tomorrow?

History shows that there are always people who give thanks in good times and in bad times.
Like Henry.

Henry was a farmer from a very remote area where people could only gather for worship at great intervals.  On those occasions they would witness to the blessings in their lives since the community had last assembled.

At one such meeting, Henry stood and addressed the people in halting and simple speech:  “It’s been a powerful difficult year out there.
The fever took our eldest daughter.  Then my wife took ill and is still in bed.
The spring wheat crop was mostly ruined by floods
And, oh yes, praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

Then Henry sat down. 
In the midst of personal disaster, Henry had paused and given thanks.  

Being thankful each day, takes discipline especially when there are financial stresses, medical concerns, family problems, scary political tactics, environmental devastations, and more.

How can we be thankful where there is too much that distracts us?

Maybe we’re looking for the “BIG” blessings when there are many “LITTLE” blessings?

Think of all the gifts that come absolutely free to most of us:

If you had to pay for the oxygen you breathe at the rate oxygen cost in a hospital
… how long could you continue breathing?

If you had to pay for the sun’s heat at the rate of today’s heating bills
… how long could you stay warm in winter?

– If you had to pay for each of your eyes at the rate eye damages are awarded in court (about $50,000 for the loss of sight in one eye)
… how many eyes could you afford?

I believe that the Henry’s of this world live “Thankful Living” lives.

At graduation ceremonies several years ago, almost a hundred students filed into their high school auditorium.
Speeches were offered, b
ut because of court decisions at the time, no prayers/blessings were allowed.

When the last student came to the microphone the students suddenly

The student at the microphone looked at the students and clearly, slowly and confidently said “GOD BLESS YOU!”

The audience exploded into applause. A unique way to invoke Divine blessing on their future with, or without formal approval, had happened.

May we sneeze our way through our Thanksgiving weekends whenever they happen, and realize, that in spite of the angst and fear and unknown in the world and our own personal stuff, there is always something for which we can be thankful and experience at least one little blessing.

Aaaaaccchhhooo!   God bless you   🙂
Happy, Bless-ed Thanks-giving!


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