November is a special time of the year. It is a season when even the calendar reminds us to give thanks. Gone are the days when the church would heartily sing, “count Your Blessings.” Perhaps we have become too sophisticated for that old hymn. Nonetheless, it contains a wonderful and much needed reminder for us today.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven, or your home on high.
So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journeys end.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
When was the last time you paused in the midst of your busy life and simply reflected on all the Lord has done for you? Is it not true that we spend so much of our time, talent, and money trying to obtain things we do not have that we neglect being grateful for all that we do possess? Today would be a good time to break that habit and replace it with gratitude and thanksgiving.
Let’s make November a special time of gratitude here at Wake Chapel. Let’s count our blessings, let’s remember what the Lord has done for us – and be grateful. Then after we have begun expressing our thanksgiving to heaven, let’s make it a point to say “thank you” to those about us. “Thank you for loving me, thank you for expressing your concern for me.” Words like that won’t cost us anything. But they will bring joy to our hearts and to the hearts of those we speak to.
I am grateful to the Lord for each one of you and you for the privilege God has so graciously given me to serve as your