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Thankful Thursday – Dr. Robert Schuller

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the influence of Dr. Robert Schuller in my life. Although I never met the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in person, I owe him a great debt.  Dr. Tom Guerry, his wife Vickie, their son Ben and I were in California for the national convention of The American Speech Language and Hearing Association. We decided to attend a Sunday service at the cathedral. It was at a very low point in my life for I had suffered the loss of my mother, father and wife over a three year period. The cathedral is beautiful. Spectacular might be a better word. The program was amazing and chocked full of happenings including interviews with Mariette Hartley and Paul Anka. The music was inspiring. When Dr. Schuller spoke he said, “Stop thinking about what you have lost and think about what you have left.” His words hit the right nerve at the right time. I know that I had heard those words before, but this time they reregistered. When I returned home I started making a list each day of what I had to be thankful for starting. with my two children, my grandson and my sister. I was faithful to the task until the list became too long to continue. His message is fresh in my mind. As I face new challenges each day, I still remember to count my blessings and name them one by one. There are too many to count. I have read many of his books. He is a fantastic story teller. One of his sayings that I cling to is, “Inch by inch, everything is a cinch.” Thank you, Dr. Schuller.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop

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Thank You

            Yesterday a close friend reminded me of how grateful I am for blessings that far exceed any expectations I ever had. Her simple but eloquent words of thanks and wonder brought a sweeping feeling of wholeness and amazement.

            We can never out give God. I have tried on many occasions to count my blessings. I cannot do it. They are far too numerous. At one of the darkest moments in my life, I heard Dr. Robert Schuller say when I was visiting the Crystal Cathedral,  “Don’t count what you have lost. Count what you have left.” I am sure that I had heard that same message before without its meaning sinking in, but this time it buried itself in my conscious. I literally started trying to make a list and kept with my efforts for several days. The list got longer and longer. One blessing mentioned would lead to remembering two more. It was a good but futile exercise. I finally gave up with the list.

            “Thank you,” is a powerful message. Spoken to God, a spouse, a family member, a friend, a stranger or even an adversary, its message can cut through almost any situation. Today I was up earlier than usual. When I brought up my e-mail that had arrived over night, there was a beautiful “Thank you” note. What a wonderful way to start a busy day! I was ready to face the world.

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