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Thankful Praise

The time has come again: the Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. This has been a month of reflection for many. Each day, they post things for which they are thankful. Some thoughts are simple, yet profound. Others reach back a lifetime. Humility surrounds me in the gratitude.

The posts included, but were not limited to, thankfulness for the blessings of Jesus (in-filling of the Holy Ghost, salvation, forgiveness), the freedom to attend church, family (a loving upbringing by parents, the blessings of children, a wonderful spouse), protection during life’s journey, good job, stable finances, and mealtime goodies.

We should allow an attitude of kindness, love, and joy shine from us. When we see someone who needs help, why not lend a hand instead of turning away? A loving disposition is much easier to accept than one of bitterness. A few minutes of our time may mean everything to a person who feels like they, helplessly, are treading water. If we are the ones in the valley, we need to show appreciation when another, selflessly, gives a few moments of joy to us. In spite of sour circumstances, we need not be a grumpus.

As we sit around the table this year, let us remember those who cannot be with their families. Countless military men, and women are thousands of miles away. Other loved ones are separated for heartbreaking reasons. Let us, also, remember those who are reflecting on the lives of their loved ones. Death is never easy, and during this time of year, it is a most difficult time for many.

I hope after Thanksgiving has come, and gone tomorrow that we do not stop being appreciative for what we have, and for whom we are. There are so many who have so little, yet carry a smile of thankfulness, and have a heart filled with joy. It is not about how many things we have, but what needs we have fulfilled. We must never take our provisions for granted.

Psalm 100:1-5 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

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