“Am I Really Thankful …?

27 12 2017


I woke up this morning and walked into the kitchen, turned on the faucet and filled my coffee mug with fresh water, placed it in the microwave to make my first cup of coffee. As I reached for “my condiments for my coffee”, I casually glanced at the indoor /outdoor thermometer sitting on the kitchen counter, and a conversation that Linda and I had even yesterday, came back to me!  The difference in temperature between the inside of the house and the outside!

This morning it showed a 63 degrees on this outside wall, and the outside temperature was minus 9 (-9) degrees, that was 72 degrees difference.  The thought that ran through my mind was, I am taking this for granted!  Standing inside a warm house, even with a sweater, and bathrobe and a throw blanket, to sit in my easy chair, open up my Tablet to read my Bible in YouVersion, with about 50 translations to choose from, and a nice cup of coffee to warm me!

And I read the story that Jesus told in Luke 16: 19-31 in “The Voice” translation:

“19 There was this rich man who had everything—purple clothing of fine quality and high fashion, gourmet meals every day, and a large house. 20 Just outside his front gate lay this poor homeless fellow named Lazarus. Lazarus was covered in ugly skin lesions. 21 He was so hungry he wished he could scavenge scraps from the rich man’s trash. Dogs would come and lick the sores on his skin. 22 The poor fellow died and was carried on the arms of the heavenly messengers to the embrace of Abraham. Then the rich fellow died and was buried 23 and found himself in the place of the dead. In his torment, he looked up, and off in the distance he saw Abraham, with Lazarus in his embrace.

24 He shouted out, “Father Abraham! Please show me mercy! Would you send that beggar Lazarus to dip his fingertip in water and cool my tongue? These flames are hot, and I’m in agony!”

25 But Abraham said, “Son, you seem to be forgetting something: your life was full to overflowing with comforts and pleasures, and the life of Lazarus was just as full with suffering and pain. So now is his time of comfort, and now is your time of agony. 26 Besides, a great canyon separates you and us. Nobody can cross over from our side to yours, or from your side to ours.”

27 “Please, Father Abraham, I beg you,” the formerly rich man continued, “send Lazarus to my father’s house. 28 I have five brothers there, and they’re on the same path I was on. If Lazarus warns them, they’ll choose another path and won’t end up here in torment.”

29 But Abraham said, “Why send Lazarus? They already have the law of Moses and the writings of the prophets to instruct them. Let your brothers hear them.”

30 “No, Father Abraham,” he said, “they’re already ignoring the law and the prophets. But if someone came back from the dead, then they’d listen for sure; then they’d change their way of life.”

31 Abraham answered, “If they’re not listening to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone comes back from the dead.”

The Voice (VOICE)The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

What was I to do with a story like this?  I was also reminded of the small post-it-notes, I had been writing each morning, 4 things I am thankful for, including the friend (from Facebook) that I was thankful for.  I had over 1460 tangible things, people, places that I was thankful for!

I am RICH!  God has blessed me with much!

How will I respond to Jesus TODAY?




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