Thursday, November 24, 2016

GIVING: Thanks!






I Could Live In The Elements!
I Could Live Out To Sea!
I Could Walk With That Damned Devil
AND
I Could Be Dead
Spiritually!

I Could Be Wise In My Own Eyes!
I Could Be Living Lavish By Lies!
I Could Be Working For Free For The Devil
AND
I Could Be Energetically
Denying Jesus Christ!

I Could Be Dancing With The Devil
I Could Have Shoes and No Legs
I Could Have Food But No Water
AND
I Could Be On The Street Corner Doing A Beg!

I Could Be On A Known Death Bed!
I Could Not Have Two Nickles To Rub Together
To Make A Thin Dime!
I Could Be Walking Forward Looking Backward
AND
Through Lack Of Faith
Be Ultimately Unable
To Cross The Separating Line!

I Could Be A Willing Sinner
I Could Be A Fake Saint
I Could Be Building Falling Bridges
AND
I Could Be A Self-Righteous Miscreant!

BUT ...

By God's Great Grace
AND
Jesus Christ's Sacrifice
AND
The Blessing
That Permitted Me
To Hear
AND
Heed
The Holy Spirit's Call
I Can
Give Heartfelt Thanks
Unto My Father In Heaven
By Whose Mercy
Today
I Have
Stomach-Filling Grub!

I Have Clean Water To Quench My Thirst!
I Have A Solid Roof Over My Head!
I Have Whole Shoes Upon My Two Able Feet
AND
A Clean Bed Upon Which I May Lie 
Without Fear Or Dread!

I Have Friends
AND
Family To Love Me!
I Have Faithful Friends
In The Body Of Jesus Christ!
I Have Work To Challenge My Mind
AND
I Have No Reason To Ever Behave
Like A Wild Horse's Behind!

I Am In Good Health
Which Is - Indeed - Great Wealth!
I Pray
AND
I Proselytize
AND
God Willing
No Matter How Much Christian-Killing
My Faith Will Never Be Placed
On An Old-Glory Shelf
AND
For This All
Almighty God Who Does
For Now
The Winds Of Strife Restrain
I Give You Thanks
With A Grateful Heart
Today
AND
I Beseech You
Please
Help Me To Never
Over Trivialities
Again
To Complain
AND
No Matter How Much I'm Goaded
Help Me To Never Jesus Christ's Holy Name
Profane!

Lord,
I Give You Praise
AND
I Give You Thanks
For
I Am Truly Blessed!
AMEN.