I have noticed that every few weeks the Lord sends an angel to remind me to be thankful. I must be lacking in gratitude. That’s the only reason I can give for such frequent reminders. So, maybe you too, would appreciate a reminder to be thankful for all that we have been given already. May we all grow in thankfulness together.

August 19th, 2006, a Sunday

An angel appeared near me (outside of the gazebo). He leaned back, propping his elbow and forearm on the gazebo rail.

“Anna”, He said, “I am GRATITUDE. Your Father feels you need my assistance”.

He adjusted his position as if he was about to present a new idea. Then, he continued: “What do you have that you have not received from the Lord?

Surely, the children of Israel grumbled in the wilderness for they looked upon their progressive desires”.

“Progressive?” I questioned.

He answered: “Once a desire has been answered another desire raced from the horizon and rushed into their tents.

Desire is a cruel taskmaster.

He continued: “If instead of acting like the children of Israel, the children of the Living God would call to mind – with gratitude – the blessings already given by their Father, this (gratitude) would leave little room for the gnawing worm of another and then another desire. Then, the suffering from progressive desires would cease.”

He raised himself from the leaning position on the gazebo rail. Once standing erect, he continued: “Therefore, your Father has sent me to assist you in order that the peace of the Lord might replace this restlessness.

He smiled and then winked at me and was gone.