Thankful for Health

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”– Psalm 107:1

The start of the flu and cold season has sprung and if you’re like me, you know people around you who are sick.

I am finally recovering after a week from a nasty virus that left me with laryngitis, a hacking cough, pinkeye, and an ear infection. Lovely. Juiced up on drugs for all my ailments has brought me back from the dead, and I am thankful.

Many times in life we can only wish we could lay a few days on a couch and watch TV and do nothing, but man, I’m sick of that! I’ve missed out on work, a class I teach, doing fun things with a son home from college, and other assorted activities, but it was necessary. And now I sit, having put the cadre of cough syrups and Vick’s and throat lozenges back in the closet for what I hope is a long long time!

Today I am thankful for the small things… the ability to taste food again. The ability to not have to pull out Clorox wipes to cleanse my trail of germs for my unsuspecting family. For doctors nearby who helped me through this mess. For a dog who would nuzzle my arm and try to “get me up”, when she clearly thought I was dead on the couch. For an appetite. I am thankful for the small gifts of being to swallow without horrendous pain and for a nose that actually works. And my favorite—I am thankful to be vertical again!

Sometimes it takes illness or other things to help me appreciate all the stuff I take for granted, and so today I thank God for my health and the small things. “Give us this day our daily bread” from the Lord’s prayer reminds me that this involves more than food. It’s all those little things we need to function each day. And God our creator, gives them to us.

How about you? Are there small things you can thank God for today? I bet if you look around, you’ll find some. Rejoice and be glad!

Prayer–“Loving God, I am thankful for the simple things You give me today. Help me ponder all the ways you provide for me, including health. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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