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Isaiah 12Thanksgiving – Part I

Monday, September 26,2016thankful

A Favorite from August 1, 2009

I was speaking with a friend this afternoon about the number of times I say, “Thank you, Jesus” in a day, in a week, in a month.

Each time I wake in the morning to greet the day and realize that I have a roof, heat and air conditioning, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I take a hot shower and realize that I have all the water I need or want to keep my household clean and sustained, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I cross the parking lot of a grocery store to put food into my car and realize that I have just bagged and paid for food that is before me in great variety and abundance, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I find a skirt or blouse in my closet I have forgotten I owned and realize that I never want for clothing, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time a friend or family member calls and makes contact with warm words and encouraging laughter and I realize that the conversation has been the perfect medicine for what ails me, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I put away the tools of my profession and realize that my work is my vocation, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I return home from a long trip and realize that I and my loved ones have arrived safely at the door with few or no mishaps, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I put my head on the pillow and realize that God has brought me through another day, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I relax into a comfortable chair with a wonderful book and the luxury of time to spend as I like on an afternoon, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I leave a doctor’s office, a lab or a hospital and realize that I have been given the gift of healing, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I express my ideas regarding political, social, spiritual topics and realize that I am free to do so, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I hear news of fellow humans who need support in some way and I realize that I have something to offer, I say, “Thank you”.

Each time I say good-bye to a child in my classroom, to my children, family or friends and realize that we have made a difference in each other’s lives, I say, “Thank you”.

We can never outdo God and the bounty we are given.

We can never say, “Thank you” too often.

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