Tuesday, August 30, 2011

With Gladness of Heart

When God wanted sponges and oysters, He made them, and put one on a rock, and the other in the mud.  When He made man, He did not make him to be a sponge or an oyster; He made him with feet and hands, and head and heart, and vital blood, and a place to use them and said to him, "Go work!"
Henry Ward Beecher

Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him -- for this is his lot.  Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work -- this is a gift of God.  He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

With gladness of heart let us do our work.  I know in light of the events of recent days since Hurricane Irene, there is much work for many people to do.  We didn't ask for this devastating hurricane, but it happened and there is much work ahead.  The most important thing is gratitude.  When we know things could have been much worse, gratitude tells us to be thankful that it wasn't worse.  To be alive and to have work to do is a blessing.
Now, I must remove myself from this chair and get ready to go to the office and do my work.  Have a wonderful day in the Lord.   Love, Nan

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