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"I am Grateful"

"Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord...and sing praises to Your name."

2 Samuel 22:50

As we head into another Thanksgiving week I like so many of you am counting my blessings and wanting to make sure I let as many people as possible know how grateful I am for them for the difference they have made in my life this past year. I wish there was time to sit with each and every person who has blessed my life, and that of my families life with your goodness and kindness. Your kindness has eased the burdens of the hard days and made the celebrations of special days that much sweeter for all of us. All in all, we have so much to be thankful for and for those of you reading this devotional please know I count you among my many blessings. I am grateful for you!

I wanted to write today and all throughout this entire week on remembering to say, "I'm Grateful" knowing myself that I do not let people know nearly enough how much my life is blessed by them. Much like the story I am going to share below I know my intentions far exceed my actions at times in expressing my gratitude. One thing I know for sure is William Arthur Ward was right when he said, "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

The story was told of Edward Spencer, a young man studying to become a minister. He was also part of an emergency rescue team that patrolled the shores of Lake Michigan in 1860. Spencer waded into the freezing water again and again and again, and one by one, a total of seventeen times in all, he rescued seventeen passengers off a sinking ship. Sadly, the incident caused permanent damage and Spencer never fully recovered and eventually died. It was mentioned at his funeral that not one person that he rescued ever personally thanked him for his heroic deeds.

Most in attendance at Spencer's funeral must have thought the thanklessness of those individuals was colder than the frigid waters Spencer rescued them from. Were they really thankless or did they just become too busy with their own lives that they simply forgot to stop and say thank you? I can only consider my own life and how all too often I allow the busyness of my day to keep me from the best things in my life, one of them being counting my blessings and making sure I let people know how grateful I am they are in my life.

As Believers in Jesus we have so many reasons to be grateful and in turn thank and praise our Heavenly Father this Thanksgiving. He loves us and He not only rescued us from the bondage of sin and death, He also continually provides for us. God blesses us and He guides us in this life never demanding our thanks. With everything He is and all that He does, how could we not praise Him? As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week we need to not just think about being grateful, we need to act on being grateful too. Thank those who have been a blessing to you and by all means take some time and sit before the Lord, just you and Jesus and thank Him and praise Him for the great things He has done and is still doing for me and you!

"Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because he is so good. I will sing praise to the name of the Lord who is above all lords."

Psalm 7:17 (TLB)


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