Yesterday, my cousin in West Virginia forwarded the following to me. Here’s a portion of that email, written by Larry Pratt, for your encouragement on this Thanksgiving Day.
Several years ago a good friend of ours, Mary, shared this following
email. It was found on a relative who had passed on. He had it printed
on a card that he carried in his wallet.
His name was Jim. He is dead now, but his message lives on. I hope
you enjoy it.
I am thankful . . . . . .
. . . . for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been
surrounded by friends.
. . . for the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have
enough to eat.
. . . for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and
gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
. . . for all the complaining I hear about government because it means
we have freedom of speech.
. . . for the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means
I am capable of walking.
. . .for my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
. . . for the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it
means I can hear.
. . . for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes
. . . for weariness and aching at the end of the day because it means I
have been productive.
. . . for the alarm that goes off early in the morning because it means
that I am alive.
. . . for all the right and wrong in the world because it means I can tell
May we, too, find our lives lived with an attitude of gratitude, a heart full of grace and words of continual praise to our God!
I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:30).
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100).
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
HAPPY, BLESSED, PRAISE-FILLED THANKSGIVING DAY!!!