Friday, November 27, 2009

Something Random and Funny

If you search on Google you get the funniest message. It used to be that you hit Chuck Norris on Google and hit Get lucky and it would come out but no more. So try the link, just for fun.

This is what happens when you hang out with your funny kids on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving in Lansing


The recipes, the kitchen talk, the games, grandchildren, and Uncle Juan and all around fun. And a time to give thanks and laugh. Enjoying every minute.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Today

Thanksgiving celebration began with the Pilgrims thanking God for his divine provision which revealed itself in many crucial "coincidences," that it proved to be truly remarkable. Yet how does that event in 1621 translate to our every day experiences?

Frankly, the act of giving thanks did not start with the Pilgrims. Being thankful is a natural response to others being kind, good, and generous with us. Someone was always good first. In our personal lives our parents primarily loved us and showed us the goodness or virtue of being thankful and we know God approves of us being grateful. Once the Lord Jesus encountered 10 lepers, and healed them all, but can you believe only one came back to thank him? He asked that one, but "where are the other nine?"

Truly, being thankful and having a heart full of gratitude is something our own hearts confirm. How many times have we done something for some one else and they don't thank you for it? Of course we are not kind in order to receive thanks. The word doesn't have to be uttered, a smile, a hug, a wink sometimes will do, won't it? But it is that acknowledgment that that act of goodness has not gone unnoticed, that just seems to make the act complete. So today is a good day to say thanks.

I give thanks for
for my children's kindnesses
free plane tickets,
time spent together,
family together,
grandchildren play,
chasing each other,
stores filled to
the brim with
and shoppers,
with children donating
so other don't go without,
Salvation Army voluteers
still ringing their bells,
I'm thankffor
soothing music,
fun games,
advancing studies,
challenging jobs,
and church,

But most of all,
Dear Lord we are thankful
for You in our lives
for forgiveness,
for purpose.
We, I, give you thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pleasant experience

I was on a low cost no frills airline today and had a very pleasant experience. Is this possible? Yes, if the Airline is Air Tran Airways. They have comfortable seats which are roomy enough from the person sitting in front of you and they serve complimentary drinks, too. Today, I took a flight from Orlando to Detroit, and had a very nice flight attendant serve the people in coach as if it were first class. She was first class and that made all the difference.

I know airlines are aware that there is a lot of competition out there, but this was different. For example, there was a young man sitting next to me, traveling alone to Detroit. He couldn't have been more than than 14 and he took a nap and when he woke up, he was hungry. Drinks and snacks had long been served, but he looked around wondering if he could get something to eat. I suggested he ask one of the flight attendants. Before he could do so, a flight attendant came by and asked him if he needed help. He was all smiles when she came back with two bags of pretzels. Her kindness made a difference. When I had a chance I told her, and she just laughed as she was pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I told her because I think I made a difference, too. Way to go Air Tran Airways. I think I might use you more often.