An attitude of gratitude

Siemens Says  – Thanksgiving 2017 for many not affected by hurricanes, in some cases two times over, mass shootings, the losing of loved ones, financial ruin, and other hardships is often just a reminder of the pain they have endured in the past, or are enduring right now. 

I know the United States is where so much heartache has occurred, at least the highly-publicised ones, in some cases utter devastation and total loss of anything material, and I’m sure heartache and feelings numbed.
And yet, here within the readership of this publication, one of the biggests crops ever harvested especially as it pertains to cereals and canola, and in some cases even soybeans.
Business continues to boom, Winkler has several more restaurants than at the start of the year, and again enrolment in our schools is difficult to accommodate because so many people want to move to this area from all over the world.
People celebrate Thanksgiving in groups, generating festive atmospheres, merriment, and still some old-fashioned visiting. I’m not sure how many people actually stop and think about what they are thankful for, and whether indeed they give thanks to the Creator of everything in this world including life.
Many, at least the so-called leaders of communities are focusing more and more on things that don’t help with the ability to process individual life, and its heartaches like diversity, and political correctness, and bring the Creator and His Son Jesus down to an earthly being instead of the Holy God He is.
I walk every morning through the Bethel Heritage Park, often stopping to thank those who gave of themselves, and sometimes their lives, trusting in an Almighty God to allow for the development of this community and area.
The more I make up my mind that I will stop and talk to the people I meet whether at 6 am, 7 am, or 8 am, the more responses I get from people I meet only once or those who I meet regularly.
It is important if you stop someone at that time of the morning to know and understand the process you may get yourself into, whether voluntary, by choice, or because you said how are you today.
I ask that often, but I also ask them who they are and what brings them out this morning and that keeps generating great and interesting responses.
Abe D. I meet regularly and recently he told me after discussing the importance of walking and remaining somewhat fit that he travels to Morden once a year to have had lunch.
You see, he is approaching 85 years young, and his answer floored me. I do it on a bicycle, have lunch, rest for a bit, and turn around and come back. Wow, what an encouragement to me. Next, Mrs. Peters, walking across the street with a small bag in her hand, a smile on her face telling me in Low German she is off to give off her blood. Then she will better understand what she can drink and eat. You see she was walking halfway across the city to a lab so they could take her blood and tell her the sugar levels. Again, a nice morning walk, she too is approaching 85 years old. Next, she tells me she is from Russia and remembers standing in line at Moscow bank waiting to exchange her money and hears people talking in a Jewish Low German dialect, which she could make out and understand.
She remembers when her pastor in Russia had told her and now deceased husband on their wedding day, he wished them 50 years of marriage. As young people back then, they left his office, laughing saying wow that meant they’d be together 50 years hence in 2003. Well, they made it 60 plus years and her husband died only two short years ago. It is a delight to visit with people like that because they show a deep faith in a loving God, thankful for everything they have and more.
The list goes on and on, and on, I hope.
Psa 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. That Psalm has 26 verses, and each verse ends with for his mercy endureth forever.
That is what keeps me going with a heartfelt attitude of gratitude. Thank you for letting me share with you in this column and in this newspaper week in and week out. Next time I hope to meet you and we can talk – My tagline in Twitter is I like to tell the story of farming, one farmer at a time.