Black Friday– Another Opportunity To Give Thanks

Well it’s Thanksgiving night and I have to say I had a wonderful Thanksgiving …. great meal, enriching fellowship with  a lot of laughs, modified slightly by  some mediocre football viewing. You may be wondering did I overdo anything. Yes I must confess that I ate too much. I’m serious, I ate too much. The food was excellent and while I did exhibit some self control, the dessert took me out…. too many terrific selections. I’m ready to jump in with a few verses from the classic,  “Tummy Ache Blues”. 

Being a strategist, I already came up with a plan for next year….. eat the meal and if still hungry have some more of the main meal. Okay and here’s the clincher ….. “take my dessert home for tomorrow.” This way you don’t offend the dessert makers, you don’t miss out on the dessert, and you minimize the “tummy ache blues”. Brilliant. Check in next year for a full report.

But more importantly, how did we do with being thankful on “Thanksgiving”? Remember that St. Paul reminds us to “rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1Thes. 5:16-18) So, how did we do? Well I can say that Judy and I prayed on our way to our daughter Laurie’s home for Thanksgiving. (Laurie & Drew and Pete & Kristin and their beautiful families were there.) We asked the Holy Spirit to remind us “how to think, when to speak, how to speak, when to be silent.” (from Pope John Paul II’s morning prayer) We certainly tried to encourage everyone and make coherent comments. I hope they experienced our love …because we really do love them all. In truth they are very easy to love because they show us so much love. 

During the evening I thought “we are so blessed to have such a wonderful family.” They are great and I’m so proud of all of them, as I’m equally proud of the rest of our family. So I guess gratitude was at the forefront of our day. Thank you Lord for so many wonderful blessings. Sure we all have problems and trials, and no one is perfect…but we are so blessed. And so are all of you reading this BLOG.

Thanksgiving is over, but we have another opportunity today, on Black Friday,  to thank the Lord for all our many blessings. Lord God, thank you for our beautiful families, our many friends, our nation, our church, and most of all for you Lord and your infinite love, your generosity, your kindness. I know the many needs and petitions we lift to you are heard and you are about answering them in your perfect way and timing.

So may we “rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1Thes. 5:16-18)  We are all so blessed.

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