Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

by Mary Johnson, Children's Ministries and Director of All Things Bright & Beautiful

So often people will say they are thankful or blessed by good fortune or good circumstances in their lives. And I wonder how that is manifested in ways other than just uttering the words of gratitude. Is there a commitment to "pay it forward" or express in a very precise way the depth of their gratitude? Is there ever a pause to reflect on the word "blessed" and truly demonstrate the meaning of the word? Webster's Dictionary gives this definition of blessed: 1: a. held in reverence:  venerated b. honored in worship.

One of the many great things about coming to Holy Comforter is the opportunity to share the Eucharist, share fellowship, worship together, and share the presence of God's love that sustains us all. As we enter into this month when we celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving, I am hopeful that the sentiment of thankfulness is year round.
1 Chronicles 16: 34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (not just in November on Thanksgiving!)

It has been an amazing year in my family with many joyous occasions to celebrate and at this writing, I hope they aren't over yet: Cary's retirement from the design industry in May only to come out of retirement to accept the opportunity to teach - a goal he has had for quite some time; Betsy's wedding in September to a terrific young man, Adam, a joy-filled celebration followed by a week-long reunion with my siblings; and last spring a trip to Atlanta to see our Molly in her element (a personal tour of the manufacturing plant) with an amazing company that truly appreciates how fabulous she is. Yes, indeed, a wonderful year! I am thankful and blessed! Maybe that is why this quote caught my eye: "It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy"