• How Many Can You Count?



By Barry Cameron
November 27, 2019

In one of the more famous songs of all time simply titled, Count Your Many Blessings, two lines from the first verse stand out:

“Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

The story is told of a pastor from New Bern, North Carolina, named Jack Hinton. He was leading worship at a service being held in a leper colony on the island of Tobago. There was time for one more song so he asked if anyone had any requests. A woman who had been facing away from the platform turned around.

“I saw the most horrifying, hideous face I’d ever seen,” he said. “The woman’s nose and ears were entirely gone. Most of her lips had rotted away.”

“She lifted a fingerless hand in the air and asked, ‘Can we sing Count Your Many Blessings?’”

Overcome with emotion, Jack left the service. A team member followed him out and after a few moments of silence said, “Jack, I guess you’ll never be able to sing that song again.”

“Yes, I will,” Jack replied, “but I’ll never sing it the same way again.”

Kinda’ puts things in perspective doesn’t it?

All of us could be way more grateful and thankful for our blessings. Couldn’t we? Shouldn’t we?

Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity and a reminder, though too often drowned out by football games, Black Friday sales and Christmas coming so quickly, to take a moment — just a moment — to be thankful for our blessings. But will we take the time to do that?

All of us could be way more grateful and thankful for our blessings. Couldn’t we? Shouldn’t we?

So what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let me suggest we all take the time to simply count our blessings.

If we do that and name them one by one, it will definitely surprise us … what the Lord has done.

Happy Thanksgiving!

© 2019. Barry L. Cameron


Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.