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we are richly blessed

Seriously, what is up with this seating arrangement?
This weekend, I’m enjoying the luxury of being a guest in my husband’s childhood home.  It’s not often that I get to sleep in, enjoy great food and wine, and relax with my extended family.   Both G and I are so thankful that both sets of our parents are healthy, happy and fun to be around.  Even with all my whining lately, I know we are so richly blessed.

My friend Diane sent me this Thanksgiving message that I pass on to you today.  I send it to raise awareness of our own blessings, not to impose guilt or remorse.  I’m firm believer in “to whom much is given, much is expected.”  So please, enjoy the day–relax, refresh, renew your soul–so you can bless another, in what ever way you can.  And if you need to receive this season, please enjoy the bounty.  

If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won’t survive the week.
 
If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.
 
If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.
 
If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.
 
If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
 
If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.
 
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer a healing touch.
 
If you have read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.
I add these things, so often taken for granted, to my list of gifts.
We are richly blessed.  May we recognize and share them wisely.   
What about you?  What can you add to your gratitude list today?  

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