I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
I ate too much, talked non-stop, had so much fun, and didn't get nearly enough sleep!
But hey, isn't that what the holidays are for?!
Unfortunately, I am also a bit brain-dead...
So I'm re-posting something written a few years ago. I think it's timely, as it talks about being thankful.
Appreciative for the things we have, and for who we are.
It's a letter to God from my grandbeagle, Marty.
Who is one of the most appreciative creatures I know...
Dear Mr. God,
This is me, Marty the Beagle.
I just have something to say to You…OK?
I think You are a pretty cool guy!
I know that You made me, and You take care of me.
Thanks for that.
But I have a few questions.
How come people go around not wagging their tails?
I mean, I'm happy every day. It doesn't matter to me if it's raining or if it's sunny. I just like being alive. I've got water and food and toys and people to love me.
And I've got You.
So, I'm good. What else do I need?
But people – it's like they don't even know You're up there.
They walk around with their faces all scrunched up with worried looks.
They like this green stuff, they call it money, really a lot. I don't get it. It just looks like green paper to me (if I had the chance, I'd eat it just like I do the newspaper!)
Why do they care about it so much?
They're always rushing around in these machines with tires on them. Don't they know that you can see so much more with your nose to the ground? Sometimes I hear one of them say, "Take time to stop and smell the roses." I do that every day (along with all the other things I smell – I am a hound, after all!)
Why are they always in such a hurry?
Then they wear all these fancy things called "clothes." I know that their *people rules* include putting this stuff on. But I think they've forgotten their fur. You know, the particular colors that make them who they are. I've got three colors on me. Brown, black, and white. I think I look pretty awesome, because that's how You made me.
Why don't they appreciate how You made them?
Just one more thing…cause I know You're busy.
I like my life.
I like it because You gave it to me, and You're with me every day.
I appreciate a bowl of water, a good feast of kibble, a lengthy nap, a cuddle with my people, a soft blanket, toys to chew on (it's so much fun trying to get that squeaker thing out), and a couple of long walks a day.
Why aren't people thankful?
I think they think too much…about stuff that doesn't really matter.
I think they feel too much…about stuff that doesn't really matter.
Sometimes I don't think they know You…and You're all that really matters.
I don't think they wag their tails enough.
I'll go for now. I'm thirsty, and I see a fly I'm going to try to catch.
Thanks for listening…I just had something to say to You.
Marty the Beagle
P.S. Did I tell You that I think You are a pretty cool guy?!
great and small,
The Lord God
made them all.
You care for people
and animals alike,
"…God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him..." (Genesis 1:27, ESV)
"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor."
(Psalm 8:3-5, ESV)
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it." (Psalm 139:13-14, NLT)
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
"For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7, AMP)
"…beauty is something internal that can't be destroyed. Beauty expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude which God considers precious."
(1 Peter 3:4, GOD'S WORD)
"For the LORD your God...will take delight in you with gladness...He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." (Zephaniah 3:17, ESV)
Are you wagging your tail?!
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