Thursday, 16 August 2012
Jaz posted her Thankful Thursday post today. It's always good to see a post from Jaz who, as most of you will know by now, was the inspiration behind Thankful Thursday. Today someone (commenting on her post I think) made the point that one should be thankful all the time because there is so much about which to be thankful. Of course the person is correct. After all Virginia has titled her blog So Very Very Thankful. Most of us who have had some seriously life threatening experience or have battled cancer are very thankful people. We are thankful for the fact that we wake up in the morning.
I must digress for a paragraph. The lady at the supermarket checkout remarked a few days ago on what a lovely day it was. I said that every day when I woke up I decided that it was a Good Day because I'd woken up and that was better than the alternative. Big mistake. Huge mistake. [Again]. "No" she said [I was going to say 'opined' but Frances would tell me off] "It would be better if we didn't and then we would be blessed with eternal salvation. I used to be an atheist. But now I know better.". Now I don't know about you but so far as I'm aware the majority of Christians seem to want to stay alive. I assume that it's being so cheerful as what keeps her going.
Anyway, as I was saying, most of us can find something to be thankful about without trying too hard. Today, however I've decided on a big thankful. A thank that any of us who live on an Island or near the sea should give every day. A thank for the men and women of the Coastguard and Lifeboat services who risk their lives constantly for those in peril on the sea. Thinking about it I don't hear the word peril much nowadays but there's a lot of it around.
From my windows I can often see the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter and crew practicing.
Some years ago I was on a ferry in mighty seas with the S & R Helicopter overhead doing that in earnest. So today I am exceptionally thankful for the Lifeboatmen and women and the Coastguard crews and the many other people who brave the storms to save the lives of others.