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Count your blessings, name them one by one!  Count your many blessings, see what God has done!

I tend to take so much for granted that I’m glad that we set aside a season each November to reflect on what we are thankful for. It only takes a second for me to realize:

  •  I sit down to three meals a day!
  • I have a roof over my head every night (unless I choose to go camping)!
  • I have a loving wife! And family!
  • I have a country that allows me to live and worship freely.
  • I have a God who loves me enough to send his Son to save me.
  • I have a God who calls me to be a partner in the transformation of the world!

When I start counting my blessings, I quickly realize that the list could go on and on.  How magnificent are the good things that God gives!

When we stop to reflect on how blessed we are in so many ways, we can then look forward to the future with confidence and expectation.  Paul put it this way:   I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

I look forward to what God will do through the people of First United Methodist Church in the coming year to bless our community and region!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving this year, take a minute each day during November to write down on a slip of paper something for which you are thankful.  Place the slips in a box or basket and save them until Thanksgiving Day.  (You can also invite your family members to do this with you).  At Thanksgiving before you eat your turkey dinner, pull out all the slips of paper and read them out loud.

Count your blessings!  You’ll be amazed at what God has done, and what God will do going forward!

Pastor Jon