Giving Thanks in St Johns FL Presbyterian Church

Honeysuckle on a morning walk in Julington Creek

There is a marvelous Hasidic proverb that says, “when we die and are met by the Creator we will be asked only one question. The question will not be, “Why weren’t you the Messiah?” but rather, “Why didn’t you more fully enjoy the life I gave you?”

There are many books on gratitude today, but the heart of it all is found in Paul’s teaching, “In all things, give thanks.”

When was the last time you paused at the end of a day and reflected back on all the things you were thankful for during that day? The sounds of laughter or a Mozart concerto… the smell of honeysuckle as you walked by….. or a ray of sunlight in the gray of winter. The secret lies in being thankful for the small gifts of life that come every day to each of us; they reveal the presence of God in each moment of of our lives.

Let us pray: We pause even now, O God and give you thanks for the many blessings that you have rained down upon us. May your abundance continue to flow into our lives and back out as blessings for others. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is a guest post from Don Olinger

Don Olinger

Daily Message Author: Don Olinger

Don Olinger is a retired Presbyterian Minister. He lost his vision to Stargardt’s Disease and became legally blind in 1998. In 2011, he ended his career as a minister and left New York City, and moved into an independent living facility in Florida. He lost all hope of living a normal life but after graduating from Southeastern Guide Dogs and with his “superhero” Labrador named Ralphie, Don is now able to live life independently. Currently, Don is paying it forward, raising funds and speaking on behalf of Southeastern Guide Dogs. For more information visit: