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Friday, November 28, 2014

There is always something to be thankful for

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1Thes 5:16-18

The air was stinging bright.  Crisp and cold, a fall day unfolded outside my door.  The sunshine cold was not oppressive, so I could savor the morning as I stepped off my doorstep.

Brown fields were washed clean of soybean stubble, clean shaven really. They proudly gleamed mile after mile, rolling away from my hilltop perch.  

The past two weeks have not been easy, but Fall’s light still sparkles with each footstep.  I thank God as I descend from the hilltop.  

There is always something to be thankful for.

I said goodbye to my father Sunday.  He was like a precious little bird lying there, but I know he heard my whispered words of love.  By midnight he joined the sparkle light, no longer a little bird, but an eagle -soaring.

There is always something to be thankful for.

It’s Thanksgiving and we remind each other to be thankful for one thing or another. After the prayer and the last leftover package, however, we often forget.  Please don't forget. Don’t reserve gratitude for only one day.  

There is always something to be thankful for. 
   
Please hug your spouse and your children (even the distant ones) and never wait to tell folks you love them.  - 

Forgive quickly and thoroughly.  More importantly, ask for forgiveness.  There is a big God out there waiting to welcome you home when you come humbly.  
   
Jesus will wrap big bear-hugs around you if you accept His forgiveness. That's a good feeling. 
    
There is always something to be thankful for. 
   
For heaven’s sake, let go.  If you hold all things with a defiant fist, no one will ever be able to hold your hand. Let go.
   
There is always something to be thankful for.  
   
In your darkest hour, the stinging bright will come.  Crisp and cold, it will wake you up and cause you to love more deeply and appreciate God’s gifts more fully.
   
It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but I am very thankful for God’s bright light.  

I'm wide awake now.  Thanks, God.  

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