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And how blessed I am, we are to live in a country where we can worship freely. Where temples and mosques are in the same neighborhoods as churches and chapels. Where people shop wherever they want, whenever they want and where jobs are plentiful.
Where a dollar is still a dollar and not diminished like so many currencies have become.
Where our rights are guaranteed...
And the righteous will stand firm against anyone wanting to take those rights away.
As we've sailed into fall with all of our pumpkin mania and pumpkin spice everything and leaves turning and some cool breezes blowing and two single-minded hurricanes barreling into shore, today is a great day to pray for those affected. To figure out a way to help. Prayer is a great first step.
Donating (if it's possible) is another great step. We try to find a local church in the hard-hit zones and send them money to share with a family in need. They know their people best. They understand the need vs. the hardship. And while some places will do a Go Fund Me page, other people would never, ever do that... and so a little quiet money helps.
When you're surrounded by a bountiful harvest, you realize even more how blessed you are and how easily it could disappear with one natural disaster...
Or one man-made disaster.
So today I'm sending up prayers for the families of that tragic limousine accident in Upstate New York... For hurricane victims... For those in Massachusetts whose houses were lost because of a bad gas line and a series of explosions.
We get fed news so very quickly... and it disappears even more quickly. But if we make it a point to put it on a prayer list... or a sticky note!!! .... or a scrap of paper on the refrigerator, then we remember to stop. To think. To pray.
I forget that sometimes, but in a week like this, where God's glory surrounds me in surreal colors and human fragility abounds, it's a great time to pause and remember what's important.
Faith. Hope. Love.
And the greatest of these is love.
So today I'm remembering the important things to be grateful for... And I'd love to hear about yours!