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    Gratitude

    September 16, 2018

    I felt a stab of loneliness this morning on the way home from church. The sermon was about relationships and how we need to hold no expectations for our spouses. 

     

    The pastor said we should see our marriages as a covenant in which we bless each other with gratitude, even for things so simple as washing clothes, dishes, and vacuuming. Since I’m not married or in a relationship, I listened but jotted down no notes.

     

    The message made sense but didn’t seem to have any relevance for me at the moment. But just as Pastor Daniel was concluding I wrote down one word: gratitude.

     

    On the way home on my bike, when I had that flash of loneliness, I changed the channel and recalled all of my blessings. Oh my gosh, I’m so grateful for everything from the air I breathe to my tennis shoes, to my bicycle, to the warmth of the day.

     

    There’s no room for loneliness when we fill our minds with gratitude. Are we living abundantly? Are we realizing that God gives us everything?

     

    So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know; that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8: 3

     

    God gives us everything we have, and it is God who asks us to manage it for him. Life Application Study Bible

     

    Love and blessings,

    Rich H.

     

     

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