A favorite song of mine, recorded by Art Garfunkel (remember him?), was written by John Bucchino and is called Grateful. It isn’t well known, and was released as a single that goes with a children’s book by the same name (as well as on the album. Across America). I came across it through our 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Mikolajczyk, when she was using it for a chapel service in our school last year. It touches me every time I hear it (and it’s on iTunes!)...

I’ve got a roof over my head, I’ve got a warm place to sleep
Some nights I lie awake counting gifts Instead of counting sheep

I’ve got a heart that can hold love, I’ve got a mind that can think
There may be times when I lose the light And let my spirits sink
But I can’t stay depressed When I remember how I’m blessed

Grateful, grateful, Truly grateful I am
Grateful, grateful, Truly blessed And duly grateful

In a city of strangers I got a family of friends
No matter what rocks and brambles fill the way
I know that they will stay until the end

I feel a Hand holding my hand; It’s not a hand you can see
But on the road to the Promised Land This Hand will shepherd me
Through delight and despair Holding tight and always there

Grateful, grateful Truly grateful I am
Grateful, grateful Truly blessed And duly grateful

It’s not that I don’t want a lot Or hope for more, or dream of more
But giving thanks for what I’ve got Makes me happier than keeping score

In a world that can bring pain I will still take each chance
For I believe that whatever the terrain Our feet can learn to dance
Whatever stone life may sling We can moan or we can sing

Grateful, grateful Truly grateful l am
Grateful, grateful Truly blessed And duly grateful

Truly blessed And duly grateful.

I just wanted to say how grateful I am for your support, for your hard work and courage as we rebuild the school, and for your time, effort and generosity as you celebrated with me 25 years of ministry. Please celebrate together with me the rededication of our school ministry at the end of the service on 8/31/08 (see the enclosed flyer).

“Truly Blessed, and Duly Grateful,”

Pastor Larry

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