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Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Have a fun day reflecting on the many blessings you enjoyed this year!

I may have posted this last year…it’s worth repeating.

 

There are loved ones that are missing

From the fireside and the feast;

There are faces that have vanished

There are voices that have ceased;

And we know they passed forever

From our mortal grief and pain –

And we thank Thee, Heavenly Father,

For the blessings that remain.

Thanksgiving, Oh, Thanksgiving!

That their love once blessed us here,

That so long they walked beside us

Sharing every smile and tear;

For the joy that past has brought us,

But can never take away –

The sweet and gracious memories

Growing dearer everyday;

For the Faith that kept us patient –

Looking at the things, unseen,

Knowing Spring will follow Winter,

And the earth again be green;

For the hope of that glad meeting

Far from mortal grief and pain;

We Thank Thee, oh our Father

For the blessings that remain.

–Anonymous

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you find yourself. Glut yourself with memories!

I  got this some years ago. It is by an unknown author. It’s all a matter of perspective.

 

Being thankful for:

The mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

The taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.

The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.

My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need washing and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.

The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.

My huge heating bill because it means I am warm.

The lady behind me at church who sings off key because it means I can hear.

The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.

Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I am alive.

Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I have friends who are thinking of me.

 

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world! We have many reasons to be thankful. Not the least which is we don’t live in fear – we live in freedom. I am thankful for those that protect our freedoms.

 

 

 

We live in a great, albeit flawed country! It feels good to vote – when I go to the pols each Election Day I feel like it’s Christmas! I get excited about my opportunity to make my voice count. We are privileged to be able to vote in freedom with no fear of reprisal.

Thank you for voting.

Many have been praying with repentance for this country we dare not stop now. Our leaders need God’s wisdom more than ever.

Please commit to pray for all those newly elected and those that hold office now. America needs to come together under God and renew her commitment to the cause of liberty and justice for all.