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Monday, February 17, 2014

For What Are You Grateful?

So many people today complain and worry about what they don't have. They don't have that nice car that they wanted to buy, but could not afford. They don't have the fancy clothes. They don't have the fame that they sought. Or the big house. They don't have what the neighbors have, or their sister, or brother. They spend far too much time thinking about what they don't have, and not enough time thinking about what they do have.


Music is a powerful way to convey the Word of God. Felix Mendelssohn once stated 'Even if, in one or other of them, I had a particular word or words in mind, I would not tell anyone, because the same word means different things to different people. Only the songs say the same thing, arouse the same feeling, in everyone - a feeling that can't be expressed in words.' Mendelssohn expressed the joy I feel listening to the great Christian musicians of today.

What does music have to do with being grateful? Tom Tomaszek wrote a song titled 'Grateful'. The song encourages us to think about many of the wonderful things for which we should be grateful. Things we don't think about. So, we don't have the big house. But we have something much better. We have a home. We don't have that fast car. But ours is payed for, and is reliable. We don't have the fancy clothes. But ours fit us both physically and emotionally. We have our health. We have our wife, or husband, and they are not only our best friends, but are also our constant supporters.

Tom's song expresses many of the spiritual gifts we have received, that frequently go unnoticed or forgotten. The Father has given us life. He gave us his only begotten Son to redeem our sins. He gave us the Bread of Heaven, and His Holy Word. He gave us love. So many wonderful gifts, that we forget or ignore in the daily hustle-bustle of life.

Listen to the song Grateful, and feel God's grace. Think about the lyrics. Rejoice in what you have, what you are grateful for. 





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