With Thanksgiving Day this week, I’d like to contemplate a bit on the expression from religious leader Neal Maxwell, “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”  What are some of the blessings you are counting in your life?  Good health, grandchildren, a great job, the sunrise, or faith in Christ Jesus? God showers us every day with blessings too numerous to count. Sometimes the blessings in our lives come in sadness or heartbreak. How do we make our blessings count?  The answer is found in Psalm 105:1, “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (ESV)

Could it be any clearer to whom we owe our thanks? Thank you, Lord, for good health.  Thank you, Lord, for a great job. Thank you, Lord, for the struggles in my life. May we learn to rely on him and his goodness and not only thank him, but tell others about it! When you are talking with your grandchildren, your neighbor, your friends at church tell them about God’s deeds in your own life or what he is doing through mission work in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, East Asia, or in Nepal.  (There are many mission blogs to help you share his good deeds. Subcribe to WELS Missions Blogs.)

May you count many blessings for which to thank the Lord, not just at this Thanksgiving, but daily and make those blessings count by expressing thanks through word and deed.