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Count Your Blessings

As we celebrate Thanksgiving
Let us count all our blessings
Have a heart filled with praise
Continuing on all of our days

Remember those suffering trials
Some may even live in denial
Burdens are so heavy they bear
Does anyone understand or care?

Many people are hurting today
With grief that will not go away
Son or daughter committed suicide
The pain is so deep they feel inside

An empty place at the table this year
Leaves a hole causing many to despair
Some cannot get past their circumstance
To focus on happy times of remembrance

Others who survive a terrorist attack
Live with such horrifying flashbacks
Teenagers in their own innocence
Suddenly killed by school violence

Others are caregivers for a loved one
While their health is coming undone
Affordable options they seek to find
Quality care to bring peace of mind

Some paralyzed from the neck down
A motorized chair gets them around
Depend on others for their daily care
Brushing teeth or combing their hair

Others have unforeseen medical expense
Now unable to work with no insurance
House payment and so many bills due
How will they ever make it through?

Some see their marriage come to an end
By differences they were unable to mend
Children custody battles result in a fight
All to determine what is best and right

When we realize what others endure
It causes us to be so thankful for sure
Remember that God is always good
He alone is our strength and shield

We do not understand evil in the world
But it is not from God that it is hurled
Evil comes from the sinfulness of man
Jesus, on the cross, fulfilled God's plan

If you do not know Jesus as Savior
Today, your life can change forever
Accepting His free gift of salvation
Guarantees your eternal destination

Admit your sin then by faith believe
All your sins He paid and did forgive
He died and rose again just for you
Invite Him in, not by works you do

Psalm 28:7 (NIV)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart
trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 136:1 (NIV)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Carol Salter 11/21/09

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