A season to share our gratitude

ho need food and clothing.  We need to show our thankfulness by sharing our blessings with others. We need to keep the families of California in our prayers.  Many have lost everything and many have lost their loved ones in the continuing fires.  We need to be thankful for the thousands of volunteers and firefighters who give of their time and talents to make a difference in those who are displaced and do not know where or when their lives will be normal again.

     Many situations exist that make us humble, confuse us, make us doubt, make us angry and make us want to give up.  There are times in our lives when the struggle makes it very hard to see the blessings.  This is the time we need to look to a higher power that will get us through the tough times and make us stronger to begin anew.  Even in the tough times, we do need to count our blessings.  We need to be grateful for what we do have.

     Here are some suggestions for showing your gratitude.  Begin a list of the things you are thankful for.  Write down names of those who have made a difference in your life.  Each day make a phone call to a friend and let them know what a blessing they are in your life. During this special season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, make time to visit a friend, a shut in or give  food or monetary donation to those agencies who make food baskets for those who need help.  Donate a few hours to the Parish House or the Salvation Army to help pack baskets of food.  If you are cooking a big Thanksgiving meal, invite a neighbor to join you.   If you do not wish to cook, maybe you and a friend can go out for dinner. 

     If your family is coming to Thanksgiving dinner, start a “Give Thanks” journal and ask each family member to share something that he or she is grateful for.  Write the shared memory down in your journal.  Think about the special family members who have been a blessing to you and enter the memories into the journal each day of the week.  Write down the blessings you wish to thank God for.  Bring out the journal next year.  You will have a treasured keepsake with wonderful messages to last forever. 

As you prepare your Thanksgiving meal and set your table, place a white cloth on your table and add a few indelible fabric markers on the table.  Before the meal begins, ask everyone to write down what they are most thankful for and date the messages.   Wash the tablecloth and use it again next year.  Soon, you will have a treasured keepsake with wonderful messages to last forever.  Pass the tablecloth on to the next generation.

Our world is moving at such a fast pace that we forget to be thankful for the little things.  Now more than ever, we need to take the time to be thankful for the blessings that we take for granted.   

When we arise in the morning and see a beautiful sunrise, be thankful.  When we look out into the darkness, be thankful for the moon and stars.  When we get hugs from our children, we need to be thankful.  When we lie down at night in our warm beds, we need to be thankful.  When we go to the fridge and find food to eat, we need to be thankful.  When we look around and see all the creations in our world, we need to be thankful.  We can thank God anywhere, anytime and in any situation.  We pray for blessings and we need to be thankful for all the blessings that are granted to us.  Never forget to say a special  “Thank You” to others and especially to the Almighty who loves us even when we forget how blessed we are.  May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving and remember that families are those who share the day together. 

I would like to send a special thank you to all of the artisans and crafters who came to Harvest Time In the Hills.  I also wish to take this opportunity to thank the Tennerton Community Council members  and the Tennerton Lions Club for all the hard work in making the event possible and wish to thank all the folks who supported Harvest Time.

Those who attended both to sell and to buy made it possible to help with donations to the Parish House Food Pantry, The Upshur County Christmas Store, the Salvation Army Food Baskets, Band of Brothers; and the Middle School, Washington District and Tennerton Elementary with donations for back pack snacks.  When we work together, great things happen.  Thanks to all!

The Tennerton Community Council wishes to thank the Tennerton Lions Club and Sam’s Pizza for helping to sponsor the Combat Wall honoring the West Virginia military men and women who fought and died in Vietnam and other combat zones. This wall travels to many cities and we were blessed to have it during Harvest Time In The Hills. Thank you to those who visited the wall and found it very special.

We are so blessed to live in a town and surrounding communities who work together to bring many blessings to many people in many ways.  Gratitude means to be thankful for various benefits, kindnesses, giving special pleasurable experiences, to be welcoming and yes, to be agreeable.  This is what we are supposed to do every day…..  Be thankful for all our blessings. This is the true meaning of gratitude.  Through many, much can be accomplished.  Thank You!

I leave you with this thought for the day.  The truest measure of our thanksgiving is how we use the blessings for which we give thanks.