Things As Well With Me As They Are

I remember some of the old timers testifying in my childhood country church, “I thank the Lord, that things are as well with me as they are!” If you had asked them to explain, they would have added: “There are a whole bunch of people who are in worse shape than me. I may not be rich, but I have enough. I am so thankful for what I do have. I could be dead. I should be dead. I can still do for myself. God has been good to me and mine.”

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On Being Thankful

I called an ole friend who had been sick; immediately upon his answering, I asked him, “How are you doing?”  He replied, “I’m above ground and limber!” meaning of course, he was still alive.  There was thankfulness in his voice because whatever lingering pains he may have had, he was nonetheless glad to be alive.  I liked his reply and have borrowed it.

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