A Month of Thanksgiving
In our busy world and lives, it’s easy to take so many things we are blessed with on a daily basis for granted. As I was walking to the kitchen this morning, I thought about simple things I am blessed with each day; but sometimes fail to be thankful for.
Things we use daily such as water to drink, cook, bathe, and wash our clothes. For example….We get thirsty and either turn a handle to receive tap water from the faucet or grab a bottle of cold water from the fridge.
We use countless measures of water for nearly all of our cooking recipes. Oh, and let us not forget the absolute joys of a long hot bath or shower either at the beginning or ending of our day. And, where would we be without cold and hot water to wash our clothes, automobiles, and dogs! Oh, the simple joys found in God’s life-sustaining substance we know as H2O…water!
A few weeks ago, I was surfing through the endless channels on my television finding nothing worth while to watch (even though we pay a bundle for cable services!) when I ran across a program showing poor and needy children living in a third world country. As I paused to witness the absolute filth these poor, dying children live in, I saw in the background two little kids drinking dirty and nasty water from a mud puddle. Truthfully, I found myself nearly gagging. How truly sad and heart-breaking. It reminded me of the food pantry I visited in the area back last summer. Even though the church-sponsored food pantry offered free food to the community, it could not compare in any shape or form to the conditions these poor children were living. God have mercy.
As we all so well know, we live in the most blessed nation on planet earth…Yet; we take things such as water, the air we breathe, and other life-giving resources for granted. We flip a switch and we immediately go from darkness to light. We flip it again and return to a cozy night of darkness for slumber. We are a nation and a people spoiled by the objects and opportunities surrounding us each day. “Lord, thank you for your bountiful blessings upon our nation and lives.”
I realize with so many blessings at our fingertips that it may seem elementary to write about being thankful for water….But, I am. I am thankful for a cold glass or bottle of water to quench my thirst and to take care of other needs within my life. It may sound simple, but it is very valuable and important to all of us…Besides, just let something cause our water to not run freely (frozen pipes or contamination) and we nearly panic. When an ice-storm or inclement weather is in the forecast we all run to the Wal-Mart or other retail stores to grab bread, milk, and a gallon or two of fresh water…just in case…
Another, even more valuable fact of interest concerning water is found in the Book of Genesis, chapter one….”And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters!
I don’t know about you, but that runs a tingling chill right up and down my spine! Our God “moved” upon the face of the waters….Life-sustaining; life-giving waters created by the very Hand of God! Amen. If you are interested, here are a few added scripture references to water found in the Bible:
Song of Solomon 4:15
Oh, the joys of blessed water…
Remember, God Loves You!