thankfulness


Give thanks to the Lord!
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the praise song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” seems especially appropriate. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try listing that many blessings. But given enough time and patience, I’m sure I could come up with more than 10,000 reasons I am thankful […]

10,000 Reasons to Be Thankful


A visit to a medical museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last week reminded me how grateful I am to live in this time period. A hundred years ago, a lung problem might have been treated–if at all–by putting the patient in an iron lung–a huge contraption that left one […]

Miracles of Modern Medicine



Stage of my dreams
Do you ever wonder where your weird dreams come from? The other night, I dreamed I was supposed to act in a play. Now, my second major in college was drama and I’ve been in numerous productions. But in this dream, I had signed up to work backstage managing props. […]

What’s Your Nightmare?


Simple pleasures
Fulfilled expectations can be delightful, but sometimes the unexpected surprises bring simple pleasure. I wrote recently about expectations, such as hanging a hummingbird feeder and expecting visitors to come to it. A few days later, a female actually showed up, and we were delighted. She’s been back several times since. […]

Simple Pleasures



What do those stones mean to you?
Memories are funny things. Some are wonderful, while others are so horrid we’d rather forget them, but can’t. A smell, a tune, or a taste can trigger a memory. Sometimes we remember an incident so insignificant, we don’t even know why it came to mind. Then there are the “memories” […]

Memories


His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1
Do you need a reason to give thanks to God? How about twenty? Check out Psalm 136. The author of this “song” lists some twenty reasons to give thanks, the chief one being “because His mercy endures forever.” Each of the 26 verses in the Psalm ends with this phrase. […]

Mercy That Endures



Happy New Year
Two days into 2017. How is the year going for you so far? Seems like an awful lot of people are discouraged or depressed over what the new year will bring. Maybe they’re upset over the outcome of the presidential election, pessimistic about the economy or their own financial situation, […]

Looking Ahead to 2017–And Back at 2016


Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving week, complete with turkey, Turkey Trot “races,” parades, football games, and family. This time of year, there’s a lot of public expressions of thankfulness–online, in commercials, on talk shows and news shows. People share what they are thankful for, but sometimes I wonder, in our secular (post-Christian) society, […]

Who Are You Thankful To?