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Barb’s thoughts:

November is the month that our thoughts lean to giving thanks. If you ask a group of children what they are thankful for, they probably will say family and food. Of course, as adults we are aware of so much more to be thankful for. It is a difficult time at our house right now as I am writing this but it is also a time when we have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my Christian faith and the belief that He is in charge at all times. I am thankful that I can lean on him when I can't lean on myself. I am thankful that my parents gave me this path to faith. I went to Sunday School faithfully. It would never have occurred to me to say that I wanted to stay home. It was just what we did on Sunday. It was a part of me. I know for many of you it was the same. It is a big reason we grew in faith and were able to confess our belief. When we approach the end of this life, it is a comfort to know where we are going and that we will see our loved ones again.

I am also so thankful for friends and family. All of the calls, visits, cards, prayers, and food have been such a source of strength. We all need people who care for us and whom we care for as well. When children say they are thankful for family, they are usually thinking of their more immediate circle, parents, siblings, and grandparents. When we are older, our circle widens to include friends who become like family. Be thankful for all of the people in your life who have touched you and let them know. It is surprising how often we do touch someone and don't even realize it.

In our society we take so much for granted. We go into our warm house and never really give a thought to what a blessing that is. We turn the faucet and there is hot and cold water. We can put our dirty dishes into a machine and out they come, clean as new. I don't know anyone who uses a washboard down at the creek to do laundry. We buy our clothing readymade and have warm coats for the winter. I could go on and on but how often do we really think of these things and are thankful for them? We can go to church and not have to think about where to find a church that is open for worship. That is not true in many countries. Another thing to be thankful for. But above all we can be thankful that our Lord died for us to save us from our sins.

Now, what is on your thankful list? What blessings have you had this past year? Think about that and say a prayer of thanks.

I Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

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