Warming Up to Thanks

Despite recent renovations to our almost 90 year old church building, there was no heat for worship service yesterday morning. The temperature outside was 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

It wasn’t that big of a deal; everyone simply kept their coats on. Except for one brother from Northern Germany who was comfortable in his short sleeves. 😀🏝

Our pianist played an introduction to the first hymn, like always, but when the organist came in something sounded off. Apparently, our non electronic pipe organ doesn’t like the cold, because it sounded like a street corner accordion! Hearing a properly tuned piano and an out-of-tune organ playing together grates on the nerves.🙃

Thankfully, sometime during the third hymn, the old organ began to warm up and sound right. It and the piano agreed to play in the same key.🙂

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

Psalm 107:31

I want to give thanks to the Lord. It’s a good idea. Agreed. But there’s a problem: my “thanker” is a little cold. I’m saying the right words but something sounds off.

Yet, the more I “Count my blessings,” as the old hymn says, I warm up to what God has done. Next thing you know I’m playing in perfect tune with heaven’s harmony!

Kind reader, as a wise mentor of mine says, “We learn by doing.” So let’s keep counting our blessings.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.






30 responses to “Warming Up to Thanks”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m sure—back in the day— folks had tips and tricks to stay warm. Only my hands were a little cold at church.

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  2. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Can you imagine how people felt during worship a few hundred years ago with no heat or air conditioning?

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Sorry, Jo. For some reason your comment went to my SPAM folder. Come on, Word Press, everyone knows the Quiet Roarer!😀

    Your thoughts are exactly what I meant to say. Thankfulness should become a habit—such as brushing one’s teeth—like it, or not!

    Thank you for stopping by. God bless!

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  4. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Great analogy, David. “The more I “Count my blessings,” as the old hymn says, I warm up to what God has done.” How lovely that you get to enjoy a pipe organ each Sunday!

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  5. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Yes sir. I have loved ones who cannot seem to find any good. It is sad and draining. I pray God helps us all to find something to be thankful for. 🙏

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  6. SimplyB Avatar

    Great post, thanks for the encouraging reminder to give thanks. Gratitude is always the right response, and should be practiced daily. That’s easy to say, isn’t it? I love your piano/organ illustration in this post. Long ago I was the pianist at our small church in our small town for 25 years or so. If the hymn was written in a key that no one could sing without straining a vocal cord, I’d transpose it a half step or two or three. We had an organ also, but not always an organist. Wouldn’t you know, one Sunday I forgot there was an organist and transposed the song while the organ played it in the original written key. THAT was fun. Not.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re right about that, Pete! Even the most non musical people in the pews realized something was off.


  8. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Great point David and on a positive note (pun fully intended!) I’ll bet that no one fell asleep in church on Sunday!

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  9. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    I liked how you described this David! Sometimes our feelings just need to be ignored and we choose thankfulness anyway.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Dawn. Open our eyes, Lord!

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  11. Dawn Avatar

    We have so much to be thankful for! May God open our eyes to see the many blessings we have so we will always be thankful. Thanks David.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Some have to look harder than others, but there’s usually something to be grateful for. Thanks, Bridget!

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  13. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I love this and I absolutely agree! Gratitude breeds more gratitude! ♥️

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Betty. I appreciate it.

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  15. Betty Avatar

    David, I will say prayers for your son, too.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    God Bless you too, brother!

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  17. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Very true post David! How often I have found the best medicine for a weary soul is giving thanks, even when I don’t feel like it. God bless you today brother 🙏

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  18. Gary Fultz Avatar

    My next younger brother would often say to his kids (instead of “what are you doing?”) “What are you practicing?” Especially when they would be a little too quiet. It usually ment they were up to something parents would not approve.

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  19. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    This is such a well written reminder, David. Glad that you shared it with us. 23 is pretty dog gone chilly. I hope you enjoy your week of thanksgiving.


  20. Crystal Byers Avatar

    We’ve been there, David. Continued prayers for your family’s peace and especially your son’s health and safety…understanding the need for help and taking steps in that direction. 🙏🏻

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    We get a week, too! It wasn’t always this way, but now it is.

    My son, H, is basically living on the streets. Please pray.

    Thanks for stopping by, Crystal. God Bless.


  22. Crystal Byers Avatar

    I’m thankful to wake up on a Monday to a week of vacation.

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  23. peggywritesblog Avatar

    Lovely and true analogy!

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Manu. “Thanksliving,” as my grandmother called it, truly is a mind set. The old organ warming up as it played reminded me of this. Thank you reading and commenting. God’s best to you and yours.

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  25. Manu Avatar

    Couldn’t agree more that the more we practice gratitude the better we get at remembering and giving thanks often.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Ken. God Bless!


  27. ken riddles Avatar

    Excellent – I enjoyed this! 👍

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I bet it was hard to sing along! Thanks for sharing, Bette. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  29. Bette Cox Avatar

    Dave, I used to play organ for my church along with another lady who played the piano. One Sunday we began playing a familiar hymn, but we were using different versions of our hymnbook — and the hymn was in different keys! The congregation thought it was hilarious!

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