Thursday, November 26, 2009

Give Thanks

When I attended Bible School, a friend and I played a game called, "The Blessing Game." We didn't have a game board, nifty little game pieces, or cards. Paper and pen were all we needed. Most of the time, we didn't even use them. When one of us felt down or overwhelmed, we'd play this game. We'd take turns, listing the many things for which we thanked God.

This time of the year is difficult for many folks. Today is not only Thanksgiving Day, but also my wedding anniversary. Since my beloved departed for the pearly gates, sadness tries to rob the sweetness from my memories. Instead, I turn to the Psalms and play, "The Blessing Game."

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his holy name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


Lillian Robinson said...

My prayer is for God to comfort you, and fill your heart with songs of joy. His blessings are unending!

May God bless you for your faithfulness to always give Him thanks.

Jessica Nelson said...

Beautiful verses. I hope you have a lovely day. :-)

quietspirit said...

When I was in the 5th grade, we had to memorize this Psalm for Language class.Whenever I remember this passage, I always think of it in King James Version because that's the way I learned it.
Thank you for the reminder.

Carla Gade said...

Susan, it's so good to turn to the Lord for his comfort. That is one of my favorite psalms. I hope you sense a special closeness to Jesus and may you be able to count you blessings in abundance. Happy Thanksgiving, and a treasured Anniversary.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lily -

Thanks for your kind words. We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with our friends up north.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Mom and I got a chance to play with all the kiddies and chat with the grown-ups. We hadn't seen most of them for almost a year.

Hope your day was filled with love and laughter.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quiet Spirit -

How times have changed! Kids are deprived of the richness of God's Word in our schools.

I grew up with the KJV, and I'm most comfortable with it. When I memorize, it's always in the KJV.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Carla -

The Psalms always soothe my heart. I'm thankful for the Lord's comfort and many blessings.

Susan :)

Kerry Nietz said...

Love your "Blessings Game" idea. There are so may benefits for being thankful, both spiritually and physically. Thanks for sharing!

Bess said...

A beautiful blog...a touching entry. May God Bless you for the strength you share with others!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kerry -

Nice to "see" you. Thanks for commenting.

The Blessing Game is simple and fun. Maybe I'll suggest Mom and I play it on our next road trip.

Hey, there's an idea for parents traveling by car with kids. It might occupy them for 15-20 minutes. :)


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shmologna -

Thanks for your kind words. I pray the Lord will use this blog to encourage writers and give readers a preview of some great books.

Susan :)