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We can always use a good laugh.  Here are several humorous thoughts that I have found over the years.  “Add these to your list of Murphy’s Laws (if anything can go wrong, it will):  1. Inside every large problem is a series of small problems struggling to get out.  2. No matter how long or hard you shop for an item, after you’ve bought it, it will be on sale somewhere cheaper.  3. Any tool dropped while repairing a car will roll underneath to the exact center.  4. The repairman will never have seen a model quite like yours before.  5. You will remember that you forgot to take out the trash when the garbage truck is two doors away.”

“A man walked into the post office one day and purchased a card.  He turned to the man next to him and requested, ‘Sir, would you mind addressing this card for me?’  The man, thinking the poor fellow could not write, gladly helped him out.  When he handed the card back, the man needed another favor.  ‘I hate to bother you again,’ he continued, ‘but would you mind writing a short message on the card for me?’  The kind gentleman agreed to his second request and wrote out the message as the man dictated it to him.  He gave the completed card to the man who looked at it for a moment and then asked for one more favor.  ‘I know this is an imposition, but would you mind doing one more thing for me?  At the end of the message, would you apologize for the horrible handwriting?’”

This month we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  We will gather and likely eat too much as we begin a long stretch of holiday events.  We will travel, spend time with family and friends.  We will laugh and share stories, we will play games and watch games on TV.  Hopefully, at some point during this time we will remember to express gratitude for the chance to do all of these things.

The word “thank” seems to be entering retirement.  We don’t hear it as often and we may not use it as much as we did at another time.  I found this information like the stories above, “We are told that the English word thanks comes from the same root word as think.  Maybe if we would be more thinkful, we would be more thankful.”

May this verse “Thanks Be to God,” by Janie Alford help you discover the power and the blessing of being thankful, especially during this season.
“I do not thank the Lord,
That I have bread to eat while others starve;
Nor yet work to do
While empty hands solicit heaven;
Nor for a body strong
While other bodies flatten beds of pain,
No, nor for these do I give Thee thanks;
But I am grateful Lord,
Because my meager loaf I may divide;
For that my busy hands
May move to meet another’s need;
Because my doubled strength
I may expend to steady one who faints.
Yes, for all these do I give thanks!
For hearts to share, desire to bear,
And will to live,
Flamed into one by deathless love–
Thanks be to God for this!
Unspeakable!  His Gift!”

May this month of Thanksgiving be blessed.  May you be a blessing to others.  May you love as you have been loved.

Shalom, Darrell