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“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” Psalm 68:19 Today, Autumn officially begins, and we realize that the year is almost three-quarters gone. I love this time of year when the leaves begin to change their colour and our world is arrayed in splendour.  The nights are cooler, but the days are much more pleasant after the long hot summer. While I was shopping the other day for some decorations for my apartment, I found a plaque with the words of my title on it: “Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed.” For the…

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 My word for this year has been “grateful” I decided that I needed to change my perspective on a lot of things, and the way to do that was to show gratitude for everything I do have. It’s easy to complain about what we DON’T have – a new car, better paying job, a bigger home.. but it’s harder to do that when you are instead thankful for what you DO have. My car gets me from point A to…

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) In Luke 17:12-19,  Jesus was making his way into the city where ten lepers lived.  When they saw Jesus, they cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” The highly contagious leprosy had caused repulsive nodules, bumps and the rotting away of their skin.  Jesus healed them and then told them to go to the priest, as was the custom, to be declared clean. Once the priest declared them clean, they no longer had to live isolated. Out of the…