Why do we at times dwell on what we don’t have? I’m guilty of thinking if I just had that vehicle, if I could just write that best-selling story and be invited on television to market it, or if only things were different in relationships, politics, etc., life would be so much better!

As I sat down to write about being “thankful,” it seemed like I heard God speaking to me, saying, “Allen, you have so much to be thankful for. Look at your life. Consider what it was before I took you out of the darkness! Consider the problems of the homeless, the hungry, the orphans, the widows, and realize that you have life, and have it more abundantly than most.”

I do have an abundant life in so many ways. I have everything I need and more. I have a nice home, people who love me, and I really should want for nothing. God saved my life, and he saved my soul. He has seen to it that my life is full of His grace.

Praise God! I really do have it all! If you are so blessed as to have God’s love and grace, you also have it all. We just have to remember to praise Him and thank Him for every bite of food, every convenience, every act of love, and every tender mercy He bestows on us. I praise Him for calling me out of a dark night and into His marvelous light.

Had I not finally realized, back in 1985, just how blessed I was and decided to rededicate my life to the Lord, I probably would have never met my loving and caring wife two months later. God has used her to remind me so many times how thankful I should be for what He has given us.

I Praise you Father God, for the grace you have rained down upon this undeserving soul. I Praise you for every day, whether that day includes sunshine or stormy weather. I Praise you for the love you fill my heart with. And I Praise you for giving me abundant life, which includes those in my life who take the time to share their love with each other, and those you give me the opportunity to share your love for them.

Even though God has called home this year my loving mother-in-law, my wife’s aunt, and a very dear friend, we are so thankful for the love they shared with us during our lives together.

Think about it. What do you have to be thankful for this year? Share with those gathered at the dinning table, prior to digging in to that abundance of food and drink prepared to celebrate thankfulness.

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