Thanks be the Blessings


Dear People of Gratitude,

Growing up, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday.  My Father, Mother, two younger brothers and I  would take off on what we thought was a very long 4 hour trek from Keystone, Iowa (Cedar Rapids area) to my grandparents' farm near Council Bluffs, Iowa.  I  always took for granted that everybody showed up at a farm as the harvest was ending, to give thanks for what God provides. Little did I know that one day I would live in a city where youth need to be instructed on how the product on a grocer's shelves arrives there. I give thanks to God for my upbringing and those holidays at Grandpa Pete and Grandma Gertrude’s house.

Here are some things making there way around on the web right now in terms of thanks. I am thankful :

  • For the wife( husband) who complains when her (his) dinner is not on time, because it means she ( he) is home with me, not with someone else.
  •         For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because it means she/he is at home, not on the streets.
  • For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.

I also ran across a thought on thanks on my recent trip to the Pine Ridge reservation which is central to my prayers right now: “The whites think they’re getting rich by digging in the hills, but the Lakota are rich from looking at the hills. “ A Lakota Chiefs comment while his tribe was watching whites take the riches out of the Black Hills, as quoted by Joyce Sequiche Hilfer in “When the Night Bird Sings.”

What did the Psalmist say ? “ I will lift up my eyes unto the hills. From whence does my help come ? It comes from the Lord.” –Psalm 121

Let us give thanks for the blessings of those times when your humanity has connected with the Holy.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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