I very seldom visit Facebook, because there are too many tidbits posted that I don’t need or want to know. But occasionally I do find myself checking the site, especially when I get a notice that one of my nieces or a special friend has posted a comment.

The other day while scrolling down through the postings I came across one that kind of intrigued me, because it offered an opportunity that anyone can do. This is what the posting said:

“This January start the year with an empty jar. Each week add a note with a good thing that happened. On New Year’s Eve empty the jar and read about the amazing year you had.”

Anyone who chooses to do that will have a bit of backtracking to do, since we are already into the second week of the year. But surely we can remember something good that happened last week, even if it is just that we were blessed with health and life to cross into the new year.

On December 31, if we open the jar before we kneel to pray in the new year, we will find many things for which to thank God as we seek for His blessings in the coming year.

This new year can be filled with blessings, if we choose to look for them. Granted, there will be circumstances over which we have little or no control. One of those is the weather. But even with the really wintery weather we have been having the past couple weeks, there have been blessings. When the snow comes our way, we pretty much know what to do — get out the warmer clothes, the shovels, maybe the chains and the salt, and keep on going.

AccuWeather reported that the residents of Tallahassee (Florida) woke up last Wednesday morning to the first significant snow they had seen since 1989. In Charleston, SC, weather experts were advising people to stay home from work and school on Wednesday, as the city was anticipating one or two inches of snow. Even Virginia Beach, which is usually relatively warm, was facing blizzard conditions on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Having friends or family in all these areas, we know that these cities do not have the equipment and trained manpower to deal with such emergencies. We can be thankful for the truck drivers who go out in the middle of the night and do their best to keep our roads plowed and salted.

And yes, it has been awfully cold here. But two below zero doesn’t seem nearly as cold as the reports from northern Wisconsin were earlier this month. Actual temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees below zero must have felt even colder when the wind chill was factored in than our -19 wind chill temperatures did last week. It’s almost hard to imagine being that cold.

Even though the weather has been kind of frightful since Christmas, we still can find reasons for giving thanks. There are only 67 more calendar days until spring arrives. We don’t know what lies ahead for the 10 weeks until spring does arrive, but whatever the weather might bring, we can look for the blessings which will also come.

It won’t be long before we see the brightly colored little flowers of the crocus poking through the ground, Birds will be singing as they come back to the area for the summer months.

Mittens and scarves will be folded and put back in the closet until next winter. Days will be longer . . . and the list of blessings we will be able to enjoy can just go on and on.

The year 2018 will pretty much be what we want it to be. If we allow our lives to show and receive love, happiness, hope and the other blessings of God, it will be a great year, in spite of any problems which may come our way. If we allow our lives to be controlled by hatred, anger, bitterness and all those other ugly emotions, it will be a year we may not want to remember.

God has given us another new year filled with promised blessings yet to come. As in so many facets of life, the choice is ours, to receive or refuse to accept those blessings.

On another note — Norma, thanks for your letter. I agree wholeheartedly with what you said.

Thought for the week — Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. ~ Ramona C. Carroll

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