Give Thanks To God? (OR Complain??)

The articles in this list describe situations from my own life. I’m hoping that by sharing some of the events that

Directly below are scanned images from a recent newspaper article. The topic was… cranberries.
More specifically… canned cranberries. The cranberries came in a can…
and the can had… indented ridges!!
Someone took a poll to discover what percentage of people like (or dislike) cranberries that come in a can…
…a can with indented ridges.

I have included the images below so that no one will be tempted to think I made these things up.

You can’t make these things up! This was actually in the newspaper!


Do you see them? Do you see the indented ridges? (Sorry about the grainy quality of the images. They were scanned from a newspaper page.)

I’m just going to be bold and say that those who complained about the canned cranberries — in a can with indented ridges — do not have the proper perspective as regards much of the world.

What should we be thanking God for?

I’d like to start with a list of just a few of the many things that I thank God for:

  • At age 77, I’m thankful just to be alive and in reasonably good health.
  • I thank God for my wife Joanne!
  • I am thankful that we have food in our refrigerator.
  • Indeed, I’m thankful that we have a refrigerator.
  • …and for the electricity that powers it
  • …and for the house (and kitchen) that the refrigerator is in.
  • When I was a small boy, my dad had to get up early on winter mornings, dress warmly, and carry in a heavy scuttle of coal from the shed in our back yard. I don’t have to to do that, because our house has a natural gas–fired furnace in the basement that heats the house. (Getting chilly here in Minnesota)
  • When it’s time to cook food for a meal, I’m thankful that we don’t have to go out and gather a pile of sticks and build a fire to cook the food over.
  • Don’t get me started.. (Someone needs to say “too late”!)

  • I’m thankful that we have a car…
  • …that I am licensed to drive…
  • …that there is money in my bank account…
  • …that gasoline is available (I can remember — in the early 1970’s — waiting in long lines of cars when gasoline was in short supply. Many stations ran out of gasoline; sometimes cars would run out of gasoline and their engine would sputter and stop.)
The point is…

Let’s not get all worked up over… indented ridges… on a can of cranberries.

- Jan

Ok, that’s my rant for today. What’s your take on this? Give me some feedback. Write a comment below.
Let us know what you are thankful for.



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  • Di 11/27/2019, 8:23 PM

    I am especially thankful for our wonderful God, Son, and Holy Spirit who care about us and love us so much.

    I am also thankful for canned cranberry sauce, absolutely love the jellied version and its indented goodness! Seriously, what is turkey without it?
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Jan!

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    • Jan Smith 11/28/2019, 12:19 PM

      Di, you are helping to make my point!
      People who are ranting about cranberries in a can… a can with indented ridges… have completely lost track of what is REALLY important, and therefore what we should TRULY be giving thanks for — and not only an this US holiday, but EVERY DAY AND ALL DAY LONG. Just as we know that “…God loves a cheerful giver…” He also loves an attitude of gratitude.

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  • Di 11/27/2019, 8:20 PM

    I am thankful for surviving cancer (was diagnosed five years ago) and for surviving an extreme reaction to antigen therapy (which was part of the second round of chemo), and for the hard work, love and support of doctors, staff, family and friends who helped me through that rough time;for a home, clothes, and food on the table;and I am especially thankful for our wonderful God, Son, and Holy…

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