Thankfulness in a time of challenge ...

Topton, Pennsylvania    Friday, April 10, 2020

When I was young, the first thing I did in the morning—even before getting out of bed—was to think of three things for which I was thankful that day.

And then to thank God for those blessings.

There were no rules regarding the three things. On some days, they were pretty basic and I would quickly thank God for the first things that came to mind: I have a bed to sleep in, the sun is shining and Mrs. Gore gave the class an extra day to study for the geography test.

Other days, and especially as I grew older, my three things began to expand beyond the immediate, recognizing God’s grace in our lives.

Today, on the brink of Easter, I am thankful that:

• The people within Diakon, the nurses and nursing assistants, the housekeepers and social workers, the chaplains and everyone working to care for those we serve have pulled together, showing extraordinary courage, resilience, determination and concern during this challenging time.

• We live in communities and in a country that has united in an effort to combat COVID-19 and to provide support for the caregivers, bringing out the best in us and honing our priorities to what matters most.

• We serve a God who is with us at all times, as we are taught in Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Easter will certainly seem different this year as family members shelter-in-place, yet the Easter message of joy, hope and resurrection remains unchanged.

Please know how profoundly grateful I am for you. Know as well of my wish that you and whatever family members are able to be with you, either in person or virtually, have a blessed Easter. I hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.

Mark Pile
Diakon President/CEO

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