Monday, November 23, 2015
ELMER'S THANKSGIVING POST
John and Sarah, Anna and myself wish to thank you all for the anniversary wishes. Michael and I also thank you for our Birthday wishes. It is so kind of all of you. The are really appreciated.
We also wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. It hardly seems that 2015 is almost ending. Where has this year gone? That is why, we have to stop and thank the Lord for all He has done for us this year.
I know what Thanksgiving Day is like. We have relatives that we haven't seen in a while. Our whole family will be there plus some friends. Of course, we can smell that dinner being cooked in the kitchen which makes us so hungry. We also want to catch up on what our friends and relatives we haven't seen are up to.
But, we also have to stop. We have to take time for the Lord. It is His day. Really every day is His day. During the past year, we have had so many good times and some good things. We have also had some not so good times and things. All were for a reason. We might not understand the reason, being here on earth, but the Lord has a reason for everything good or bad.
He has been so good to us. This year, we had a great year in crops. We have a new Grandson which, by the way, is now allowed to come to church and family gatherings if he has his sleep time. All of our family, except Anna's Mother, have been well this year except for colds, which we all came through well. Anna's Mother, we are so happy, to still have with us as well as my parents. There aren't two many children in their 50's that have both parents with them and Anna and I have have both of ours. We were able to buy a new buggy this year - something we have wanted for a long time. Also, we were able to give this year/ More than we have been able to in the past couple of years.
Our whole family did well this year. John and Sarah were upset because of Baby John's hospital bill. Between what they had saved, and how well our crops were this year we could cover the bill. John paid what he could of the bill, the family put together what we could and paid the hospital without having to ask the church for money. If we had not been able to pay the bill, the church would have paid the rest. In fact, Bishop Eli planned on taking money to pay what John and Sarah couldn't of the bill. But, a family discussion decided we had enough to pay the bill and we did. I got to the hospital and paid the bill before Bishop Eli did. This is not bragging, but just telling how well the Lord has been to us.
We should thank the Lord. Just stop and take a few minutes to thank the Lord. I know I said it before, at our house when everyone is seated for dinner on Thanksgiving - after prayer - I ask we go around the table and each person tell what we are thankful for this year. Just one item. Sometimes it is something like perhaps Baby John being born perfect, or one of our Grandchildren pleased that her marks have improved in school to someone getting something they needed - on until we are done. It doesn't matter if it is big or small as long as means something to the person that says it.
Anna and I also take time alone to thank the Lord. We try to take time every day, but like everyone else we aren't perfect. It seems we have time to ask the Lord, but sometimes don't have time to thank Him, which we feel is wrong. But, we are not perfect.
Also we remember that the Lord forgives us, if we ask Him. It is hard sometimes to understand that. But the Lord created us, sent His Son to teach us and be among us and His Son died on the cross for our sins. So if He did that, He will forgive our sins, if we ask. It is hard for us to understand, but that is the way it is.
So, please take time to thank the Lord. Maybe the day before, on Thanksgiving Day and, if you forget, the next day. In fact, try to say a thank Him every day.
I didn't mean to go on so. This year has been a good year for us, but we have had years that were not so good. Years, I wondered if we would make it from one end to another. So, Anna and I, also know the hard times.
Didn't mean to go on so. I asked Bishop Eli to give us a post for Thanksgiving and he said delegate, delegate, delegate and he delegated this to me.
Trust God's Wisdom,