May 23rd is National Lucky Penny Day

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United Thank Offering is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God.  UTO monies support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

I have been blessed

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I sincerely believe that the Lord wants us to work hard and achieve as Christians.  I pray that I will be eternally grateful for the wonderful family, friendships, opportunities, career, and material things I have been blessed with.  While my earthly father and I differed on Many (capital ‘M’ intended) things about life, I respected and aspired to my Dad’s firm belief in duty to God, family, and country.

c250_prayinghands2_7qqyBefore I eat a meal, I thank the Lord for all of the wonderful blessings I have, and I pray for those who do not have food, clothing, and shelter; those who are suffering from the inhumanity of mankind; suffering from manmade and natural disasters; suffering from the effects of the weather; and for the people who are out there every day, placing others first, to make this a better place to live.  Health?  Regardless of my health concerns, I pray for those of my family, friends and acquaintances; for I am grateful that I am blessed with access to doctors and medications.

Yet we are human!  When watching television or a movie, it is natural to see material items that we would like to have, or positions of public stature we would like to obtain. The Bible has many references to wealth and stature.  Here are two that I hope that I will always keep in mind:

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

Psalm 37:

16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

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I will be away from the blogosphere for the next eleven days doing fun things, so I will not be able to read your posts or respond to comments.  Have a wonderful two weeks.