This morning I received pictures from Eileen of our own Necdet taking the oath to become a citizen of the United States of America. I have to tell you how moving it was to see those pictures. Necdet put in a lot of hard work as did Eileen helping him with studying and preparing for the testing. We are all so proud of your desire and dedication to become a citizen of our wonderful country. It has it’s problems but is still the best country in the world in which to live.

Then my thoughts went down another path. It is sad to realize how much we take for granted in our everyday lives. When I awaken in the morning, I don’t give much thought to the fact that I have clean water in which to bathe or brush my teeth, OR to turn on the TV and be able to watch “fake” news, OR to go to the frig and know that the orange juice will be nice and cold, OR have bright lights to see how to brush my hair, OR to get in the car and have a comfortable way to get to the church, OR plenty of gas to get me there…..the list goes on and on.

Sure, we always say we are thankful for our many blessings and we are. But more often than not, we let ourselves lose sight of just how many blessings we have been given – including living in a country where we still have the right to worship our Lord and Savior without fear of being persecuted or killed.

We also take for granted what Necdet had to do to become a United States citizen. It came so easy for most all of us but the joy on Necdet’s face says what it means to him. Remember the hymn, Count Your Blessings?

“Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God hath done.”

It’s worth the time.

-Gail Korpal
Administrative Assistant