A Minute of Thankfulness

If you've been following me for more than a week, you know that it's important to me to remember to be thankful for all of the blessings I've been lucky enough to receive in life.  My take on it is that every thing we have is a blessing, especially the 'simple' things we take for granted (like running water), because somewhere (maybe not even that far away) there is someone who is living without and would love to be in your/our shoes.

I read a touching report this morning that reminded me:


The First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a donation in their offering plate with the message: "Please don't be mad. I don't have much. I'm homeless. God Bless."  In the envelopes was $0.18.

Let that impact you as you will.

The article says that the church shared the photo and the community has responded with generous support, but that the writer of the envelope is still anonymous.  I hope the person will come back and receive the assistance.  But I also hope the generosity of the community doesn't stop with the one homeless person who got enough publicity to tug at people's conscious.

It is not happy people who are thankful — it is thankful people who are happy.