1. I'm thankful for a great compassionate service coordinator in the Relief Society. For whatever reason, there have been a lot of needs in the ward lately. Janet helps me by making phone calls, passing around sign-up sheets, and generally coordinating the sisters to help those who need help.
2. I'm thankful for the humble gratitude that is expressed by those who receive help. The stresses of life are not easy, and we will all experience challenges at some time or another. Being able to graciously accept offers of help is sometimes more difficult than being able to give help. I'm thankful for those who allow service to be given.
3. I'm thankful for those who give service. Most are quick to minimize their efforts, or feel badly that they can't give more help, but just like in the book, Stone Soup, when many people give a small contribution, the result is that needs are met.
4. I'm thankful for hope. In talking to those who are having difficult times, they express sadness, but not despair. Hope is a wonderful gift, and allows us to realize we are much more than our trials.
5. I'm thankful that spring is a visual reminder of hope. The landscape greens, even here in the desert. The plants leaf out; the flowers bloom. The cyclical nature of life is made manifest, and we can find joy in the new growth.
|Photo: Close-up of buds on an apple tree|
6. I'm thankful I had a chance to attend a baptism yesterday. It's always nice to see the happiness that accompanies a baptismal service.
7. I'm thankful for all of my children, but particularly thought of oldest daughter yesterday, as she celebrated her quarter-century mark. I miss her toothless sweet baby smiles, but am so proud of the woman she has grown to become.
8. I'm thankful for friends I have never met. I'm constantly amazed at this blogging thing. I've never met many of you, and yet you have shared ideas, support, prayers, encouragement--and have allowed me to reciprocate. Thanks!
9. I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to speak in sacrament meeting today. Preparing a talk always allows me the chance to study and ponder about a topic. This week I've been thinking a lot about our need to ask. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, " (Matthew 7:7) In the Bible Dictionary, we read:
The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them.Praying for something doesn't always guarantee it will happen--it has to be the will of the Lord, and we don't always understand his purposes or timing, or his allowance of the agency of others--but it seems to me that we have an obligation to ask.
10. I'm thankful for John. We had the chance to go to the temple Friday night. After we participate in the temple session, we take time to talk quietly and discuss insights that we have had during the ordinance. I appreciate the time we have to learn from each other.
Well, that list turned out to be pretty heavy for a happy spring edition, but I'm sticking with the title. :-)
How has your week gone? What are you thankful for?
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