Fostering an Attitude of Thanksgiving

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 "Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things" (Psalm 107:8-9). 
"Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: 'Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
'But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own'" (1 Chronicles 29:10-16). 

Festering Hearts in Need of The Antidote

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I stepped outside the classroom to take care of some business in the office.  When I returned later down the hall, a student lay outside the classroom on the floor, scrunched up next to the lockers.  Her teacher was attending to her, but the student was not willing to comply.  The student was depressed and had thoughts of suicide, evidenced in the cuts beneath her covered forearms.  The school staff was well-aware of her history, so she was taken down to a room to recover while her mother was contacted.

But recover she did not.