This is my favorite time of the year – Fall.  The trees are full of color, the air is crisp, and I can see God’s beauty everywhere.  But how often do we think of the other seasons of the year and their beauty?  In the winter, things are all resting (I don’t like to call them dead) and the air is cold.  But at the same time, we can be thankful for the snow and all of its winter activities that it brings like building snowmen, skiing, sledding, and the list goes on.  It gives us a chance to stay in our homes and see all of the blessings that we have in our homes and gives us a chance to slow down some and rest ourselves.  Then comes the spring, when everything comes alive again and the color in our world returns.  We, in turn, are also revived and renewed as we work in our gardens and yards and can get outdoors to enjoy the wonderful temperatures again.  On we go into the summer months and the warmth feels so good upon our faces and the sun makes us happy to be alive.  All of the seasons work together to better each of us.

Did you know that there is one verse in the Bible that can be found in two places?  Psalm 107:1 and I Chronicles 16:34 both say “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  We need to thank God for each and every thing in our lives, not just at Thanksgiving time but each and every day of our lives.  He has blessed us all with so much.  Each of our circumstances is different but He knows that as He made each of us.  He hears our prayers.  But do we remember to pray?

We need to remember to thank God for everything.  I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances , for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  God made us and we are His.  He watches over us and He answers all of our prayers according to His will.  We just have to be patient. And we have to thank Him for His answers to our prayers no matter what those answers are.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, let us thank God for our homes, our families, our health, our lives, our friends, and the list goes on and on.  He has bestowed so many blessings upon each of us that they are too innumerable to mention.  And yes, saying thank you to someone as mighty as God, seems like such a small gesture, but let us not forget to do it.  Pray for each other and thank Him for all our blessings.

Deb Hurd
Ohio Branch

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