Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As do many of you, I have my share of aches and pains, but I am still able to get up and and do pretty much all of the things that I want, or need to do. For that ability to get up and around, I am thankful.
It is true that this past year has held some setbacks and times of anxiety for me when the retina in my right eye became detached. Healing from that injury has been a long process, and my vision in that right eye as not as good as what I have in my left eye, but I can still see out of my right eye, and for that blessing, I am truly thankful.
Our children and grandchildren do not live as close to us as I would like, but we're still able to see them on occasion and visit on the telephone on other occasions, for those times when we can see or hear the ones we love, I am thankful.
A reality of life on this Earth is that none of us lead perfect lives. Things do not always go the way that we would like for them to go. We experience pain and frustration more often than we would like. That is simply how life works on this world upon which we live.
However, setbacks and disappointments are not all that we experience. The truth is that we always have much for which we can be thankful.
In this month in which we traditionally celebrate "Thanksgiving Day," it is a good time to remind ourselves of the benefits of being intentionally thankful. You tend to see more of what you look for. If you look for reasons to be upset, you can just about always find them, and then your world simply becomes just that much darker as you surround yourself with all of the reasons you have found to be upset.
On the other hand, there are also lots of things for which we can, and should be thankful. For just one example, If you can read this letter you can be thankful for having sufficient sight with which to see it, as well as being blessed with the mental capacity to read and understand it. Because you can see and you can think, a world of blessings is available to you.
We are children of a good and gracious God who has saved us from our human sin which leads to death, and has enabled us to understand that God has something wonderful planned for us. What a gift that is! Because of who God is, because of what God has already done, the best for us is yet to come, and the best will come! Nothing that you have experienced in your life on this earth can coe close to comparing to the wonderful things d is going to do with and for you.
When we allow ourselves to be thankful for our blessings, our world becomes a better, brighter place in which to live. So be thankful! Rejoice in what God has already done for you, and rejoice in what God is going to do. Be thankful! Let your joy brighten your day, and while you're being thankful, be thankful for God given ability to love the people that God has placed in your life, so that God's love, shared through and by you, can be something for which they can be thankful too.