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Counting Your Blessings

The message I want to convey to you as we begin this New Year is to make sure you notice what is beautiful, what is blessed around you and within you.  It is a choice that is always open to us.  We can choose to begin each day thanking God for the gift of life, the gift of breath and the spirit that is with us at every moment.

We can notice God’s presence in a sip of water, a slice of bread, a piece of fruit.  In this way of thanking God, we stop and notice many times a day – that we are awake, that we are alive, that there are wonders everywhere around us, and that God is revealed to us through these everyday miracles whenever we choose to take notice.  This is a choice we are given:  the choice to notice – i.e. to notice our blessings.

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Press/News

  • From The Desert Sun, September 18, 2015

    Zach was a devout Jewish golden retriever who understood Hebrew, loved Shabbat and Hagim and had an addiction for challah.

    “He knew when it was Shabbat. He would see me getting ready and sit down and his tail would start wagging. What he wanted was the challah,” said Ron Werner, one of Zach’s parents.

    His full name was Zachariah Obediah Werner-Hering and he also loved to swim in the family pool, chase balls, go hiking and give his parents unconditional love.

    He was more than just a furry companion — he was a member of the family. That made it all the...

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