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So admonished Paul in 1 Thes. 5:18. This isn’t always easy to do and many people forget it or don’t understand. People constantly sing the praises when something benefits them or theirs. Yet it’s hard to comprehend that from the worst of circumstances good can also emerge. Or, even harder to imagine, that we should be grateful just for something “bad”.

A recent example: two recent hurricanes this season in the Southeast, one happening right now. Hurricanes, while mere natural phenomena, are viewed as “bad”. Wind and water may be damaging although they are hardly unpredictable. Still, they also bring benefits.

Without these storms, this year many parts of the area would have 8-10 inch rainfall deficits, drought conditions.

So, thank you, hurricanes.

Also, as confirmed by a random Facebook “quiz”, I’m Batman.