Rev. Lynn Summers

Rev. Lynn Summers

We are in the time of the year when even adults begin to feel a little like the child with the feeling of excitement and anticipation. It is not difficult that the same feeling is in the life of a lot of people. Have you ever noticed the Halloween decorations are being taken down and the Christmas decorations are already on display? According to the calendar, there is supposed to be a time called Thanksgiving that calls for celebration, but there are very few reminders of that special day. Is it because people are no longer thankful for the blessings we have received and for the blessings we have been able to give to people?

Each and every one of us has gone through some difficult times since the holidays a year ago. Some of that difficulty came from physical or financial problems. There may have been marital storms, parental problems, wrong decisions, loss of employment, or loss of personal property. Whatever it was, times were bleak and hard to understand and accept. Being thankful was not easy to accept. I recently read the word that said “Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try.” Just suppose the Pilgrims that came to America in the early 1600s would have taken the attitude that such a journey was not possible and instead of trying,they would have stayed in a place where they could not have enjoyed a freedom of worship and a new beginning of a new lifestyle.

Before we launch out too quickly into the Christmas season where retailers are gearing up to see a record year of making a lot of sales, why not take some time and look at the blessings we have been given. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small, expensive, or less costly. The important thing is we have blessings that we can be thankful for that many people elsewhere are not as fortunate.

I can remember from years ago when November came around and the holidays were nearing that my dad and I made plans to do some pheasant hunting. On Thanksgiving morning, my wife and mom were busy in the kitchen working on that special meal as dad and I headed for the fields. The weather was not always the best, but it was a joyful time spent with my parents. We are thankful for those times. Things never stand still nor stay the same. My parents have moved on to their eternal reward, and now my wife and I have our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild looking forward to those times of laughter, happiness as precious memories are planted in our hearts and minds that we will be thankful for.

I encourage you to not be in such a hurry to rush into the Christmas season and miss the blessing that we can be thankful for. During this holiday season, bless someone with a warm smile, a kind word, a wave of the hand, and experience a special blessing that will come back to you.

Kitty O’Neil Collins said “What I’m looking for is a blessing that’s not in disguise.”

May your holiday season be a blessing that you can really be thankful for.

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