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In All Things . . .

 

Brenda DeLauder Columnist

  We can find many things in each day to be thankful for, but do we take a moment and give God the thanks He so richly deserves? On Veteran’s Day, we seek out military members to thank them for serving. The life we take for granted every day, would not be possible without their service. We thank those, both past and present, who serve, but we should also thank God for them. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here and hopefully we will spend at least a few minutes on thanking God for the food and family, along with many other things.

  Our church recently mourned the loss of a young life, yet even in the sadness, it was heartwarming to see our church overflowing with people he loved. It was time to thank our Lord for the awesome privilege of knowing this young man. His love was contagious and we are all better people for having known him.

  When we grieve, it can be hard to say thank you. God already knows we are hurting and mourning the loss of the loved ones. But did we stop and thank Him for the opportunity to know and love those who are now in His more immediate presence? In numerous places throughout the Bible, including 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the scriptures tells us “In all things, give thanks!” So even during heartache and times of mourning, we can be thankful to our Lord for what they have meant to us, how they touched our lives and helped to make us who we are today.

  Having a puppy is much like having a child. Each day there is something new to see and be amazed by. I’m learning to see through the eyes of this “child” and what a treat it has been! I love nature and notice many things in it, but through Pepper’s eyes, I’m seeing a whole new world. From the biggest to the smallest creature on the ground, it does not go unnoticed. Neither the Great Blue Heron nor an airplane can slip by this boy. Then of course there is the joyous greeting when Ric or I come home. Even the worst day can be washed away with such an exuberant welcome. Neighbors, who don’t mind his overzealous greetings, love the happiness he shares. So for us, every day includes thanks to God for this big joy!

  We all have those days when we bite off more than we can chew. Recently on one of those days, I told God I could not get it all done without His help. I accepted whatever I accomplished was going to be enough. That was the day I caught every green light while running errands and found all the items needed to complete a project. The entire crazy day went well and at the end of it, I caught myself grinning while I thanked Him for it!

  There is a song we sing in church called “We Plow the Fields and Scatter.” The uplifting song of thanks is a beautiful hymn, but the refrain is perfect. “All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above; then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all His Love.”

In thanking our Heavenly Father, perhaps we are less likely to take things for granted. We may appreciate our lives and those around us more when we stop and give thanks for everything.

  So whether it’s to say thank you for green lights, special people, joyous puppies, or the ability to accomplish a difficult task, they are all good reasons to be thankful. All things are worthy of His praise! Give thanks!

 

  Hymn written by Claudius and Campbell, set to music by Schulz and Dykes.

 

 

  Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.

 

 

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