Across the Preacher’s Desk: Count Your Blessings!

November 25, 2022 - I don’t want to alarm anyone, but there are only 31 days until Christmas Day. That means there is a lot of shopping left to be done. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day have become a frantic, anxiety filled dash through the holidays. It all happens so fast that we hardly remember any of it. Slow down and take a breath.

Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica in I Thessalonians 5:18 and said, “In everything give thanks”. To be fair, the circumstances of our lives are not always the best. Yet, still we are to look for something for which to be thankful. Guess what, there is always something positive for which we can be grateful. It reminds me of a story I read about a woman shoveling her driveway after a snowstorm. She paused to wave hello to a neighbor passing by. He asked her why her husband wasn’t out there helping her with the chore. She explained that they had drawn straws to see which one would go out and shovel and which one would have to stay inside to take care of the children. The neighbor told her, “Sorry about your bad luck”. She replied, “Don’t be sorry, I won.”

Sometimes giving thanks seems to be a tall order. You see, all of us have problems that often tend to overwhelm us. However, before you get too stressed about how close it is to Christmas, take a moment and count your blessings. We must learn how to count our blessings and not our troubles. In everything give thanks.

It’s something to think about... tbp

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