We tend to focus on the lack of “low-cost” housing instead of being thankful for all the up-to-date and well-kept housing that we do have.  Let’s remember and be thankful at this time of the year for all the things and blessings that we enjoy in America today.  This includes all the housing provided by the members of AOA!

The following was a greeting sent to me by a personal friend and cardiologist who we all call “Dr. Sam”.  He is a very zealous Christian, so please be tolerant if you have a different view.  Either way it did make me and hopefully will make us all more grateful for all the housing you provide.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet, holding up a sign which read: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by.  He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.  He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.  He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up.  A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?  What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth.  I said what you said but in a different way.”  I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind.  But the first sign simply said the boy was blind.  The second sign told people that they were so blessed that they were not blind.

Dear friends, today we thank God for who He is and what He has given to us.  He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die so that we may live.  We were made by Him and for His glory.  I’m praising Him for all the goodness He has bestowed upon us, and celebrating you as my friends and family!

I’m thankful we can walk, talk, smile, sing and see.  I’m thankful that we are free.  We are privileged to have the honor to help another.  I’m thankful … though you and I may be inconsistent, God’s Word is the Truth, our hope, and is inerrant!

Remember, when life gives you 100 reasons to cry, bounce back and show that you have 1,000 reasons to smile.

Face your past without regret because God loves you no matter what!  Handle your present with confidence in Christ.  Prepare for the future without fear with the power of the Holy Spirit.  Keep the faith, be thankful, and march on!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!!

Dr. Sam Kojoglanian