April 16, 2012
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Psalm 75:1 – Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. (KJV)

Psalm 94:19 – In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. (KJV)

I have long loved shoes known as clogs. They were a saving grace to me over forty years ago when I was expecting our first child and stood on cement floors for most of the day at work — and they've been a constant companion in my life ever since.

And so it was, recently, having found a great deal on clogs on clearance for a ridiculously low price, I e-mailed several friends to alert them of the sale. One declined, saying that she had enough shoes, but it was the responses of a couple of others that reminded me of the blessings being pointed out to us on a daily basis.

Those responses were that although they would love to be able to wear clogs, due to back, knee, and other problems, they were now relegated to wearing special shoes with special inserts. Not all these ills are due to the normal wear and tear that comes with aging, for one friend is the age of our eldest child.

It was a stark reminder to appreciate the blessing I have, that despite degenerating discs, I am able to enjoy wearing a wide variety of shoes, high heels excepted. This may be a moot point to our male readers perhaps, but it is an illustration of how, in the seemingly smallest of things such as a reply to an e-mail, we are constantly reminded of our blessings every day.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the blessings in our lives that are often taken for granted, forgotten, or not recognized until You remind us through many different ways. May we remember to give You our thanks and to offer prayers for those who are not able to enjoy the things as do we. In Your name, we pray and give thanks for each day. Amen.

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