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December 23, 2020 by Kenneth Claar (Idaho, USA)

As I reread my devotion, I had to laugh. I am now over 88 years old. The senior center has been closed for nine months and has only recently opened with very severe restrictions—bring your own bottled water and silverware, only two people at each large table, etc. It no longer provides the fun of gathering with a group of people who have become friends.  So perhaps that is another thing of the past that I can’t pine over. Hopefully when vaccines are available, and things return to some semblance of order, we can enjoy that again.

But, even more than before, this pandemic has caused me to be thankful for the multitude of blessings God pours down on me each day. Have you ever tried to really count the blessings you have each day? It is impossible! Besides the list we can make, I know that there are dozens...even hundreds of blessings we have that we know nothing about, yet enjoy their benefits. For example, I couldn’t go anywhere for Thanksgiving, but a friend showed up and handed me a delicious dinner (enough for two dinners). That is the blessing of friends, a blessing I sometimes forget when I get lonely.

So, Merry Christmas to you all. Your blessings are there for you to enjoy, no matter what your conditions are. Don’t yearn for the past, don’t hurry for tomorrow to get here, but enjoy each day as well as you can and thank God for giving you another day.


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