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I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel started showing me around. We walked inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received."
I looked around in this area and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed. "How is it that there is no work going on here?" I asked.
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings they ask for, very few send back an acknowledgment or a thank you."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.
"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."
"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world. If your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare. If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm; you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."
“How can I start?” I wondered.
Just then I woke up and decided to write down what I had dreamt. Then the thought occurred to me: If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
And if someone sent you a link to this message, then you are double blessed that someone cared enough to give you a chance to read it.
Have a good day, count your blessings ... and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.
If you are thankful for all that you have been blessed with and want others to feel the same way, copy this link and send it to them.
“ATTN: Acknowledge Department -- Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it.”