Commentary

November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving: A time to count your blessings

by Maj. Bob Meissner
452 AMW Chaplain services

What will your Thanksgiving be like this year? Perhaps it will include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, marathon naps, or lots of football. Will it involve preparation for the next day, early-morning, bargain shopping? On the other hand, will you, after consuming 3,500 plus calories from all of the turkey, dressings and pies with whipped cream, take time to work on an exercise routine that will reverse the damage of the added weight, before the Christmas parties begin?

While we are busy counting our good fortunes, why not consider counting something else? Before bellying up to this year’s turkey feast, or whatever you choose to do, maybe it would be helpful to come with a different approach. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “In everything, give thanks.” That may be easy to do if we had a great year, with a good job and healthy family; however, sometimes reality dictates otherwise and misfortune takes precedence. Instead, we have struggles with relationships, at home or work, or both. We, or someone we love, may have been stricken with sickness — what then?

Praying when you are burdened and adding a ‘thank you’ is a conscious choice. It is hard at times, but by giving thanks, it makes it easier to put life in perspective. In the Old Testament, God told His people to set up memorials; usually a pile of stones as a reminder of the good things God had done for them. It is easy to forget the good things when we are staring at the negative ones. A list of thanksgivings can be our memorial.

Get a notebook and start listing your blessings. Cannot think of something right away? If you are reading this, you are blessed with eyesight. If you start writing, give thanks that you can do that — and so on.

Here is a little exercise for everyone to try: If you are gathering with family, have everyone jot down one thing they are most thankful for about each person, then share with one another. It may get funny at times, but in the end, you will probably all have a new appreciation for each other.

Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a well-known writer of commentary in the Bible. One night he was robbed and wrote these words when he got home; “I thank thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was not I who robbed.”

Perspective: In the middle of everything-give thanks and count your blessings. It will turn your life around…and your Thanksgiving.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy Photo

Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory i...
 
 

Life is all about choices

Back when I lived in the rural Midwest, late September and October was harvest time for the farming communities. For many frantic weeks, farmers would be out in the fields from morning to night, trying to beat the first snowfall, gathering in the crops they had planted earlier that spring. In southwest Minnesota the harvest...
 
 
4-of-11-photo

U.K. cemetery resting place for 452nd men

(Fourth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Thirty men killed while serving in the 452nd Bombardment Group during World War II are buried at an American military cemetery near Cambridge, England. They...
 

 

Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel...
 
 
Photo by Pleon Wood

The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying F...
 
 

B-17 duty was tiring yet memorable

(Second in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) B-17 Flying Fortresses were noisy, cold and reliable, men who flew and repaired them for the 452nd Bombardment Group recall. “It was so loud, I could yell in the pilot’s ear from six inches away and he couldn’t hear me,” said...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin