Connections from Felix

Dear Friends, 



Psalm 100 reminds us that we are to be thankful, for God has created us and has made us God's people. In other words, God's love for us is everlasting, without end. There are times in my life I forget and I become angry when events in my life shift my focus elsewhere. It is very easy for me to forget about the everyday blessings I receive.


I tend to overlook common blessings. Let me name a few: a beautiful sunrise or sunset; day and night; love! What about our senses? Being able to see, smell, hear, feel, and taste. If you don't believe these are blessings, just ask those among us who cannot use one or more of those senses. Sometimes I forget the fact that good health is a gift and I need to be thankful. I must confess sometimes I take other gifts such as a wonderful spouse, a great family life, a wonderful and caring church, and faithful friends for granted. These are very simple things in life, yet they are the most important and I need to learn to be thankful for them.


Helen Rice Steiner wrote the following poem entitled, Thank God for Everything:


Thank you God for everything,

The big things and the small,

For every good gift comes from God,

The giver of them all.

And all too often,

we accept without any thanks or praise

the gifts God sends as blessings

each day in many ways.

First, thank you for the little things

that often come our way,

The things we take for granted,

but don't mention when we pray.

Thank you for the miracles

we are much too blind to see,

and give us new awareness,

of our many gifts from thee.

And help us to remember,

that the key to life and living

is to make each prayer ... a prayer of thanks,

and every day ... THANKSGIVING.


So let us give thanks, this coming Thursday, for all the food and all the goodies and for family and friends and all the blessings, yes, and for the turkey. Above all, let us not forget to give thanks EVERY DAY!





Happy Thanksgiving from the United Church of Christ

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