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Toilet Papers Musings for This Thanksgiving

~By Sharon Czerwien

Yes, I’m sorry for the title, but just recently, I was reflecting on toilet paper from our time in 2020. At the heart of COVID-19, we were not picky about brands, were we!? It is probably safe to say that we were utterly thankful to have a full pack at home. Plus, we were always grateful to see a pack to grab at the supermarket.

Fast forward to Fall, 2021…

I realized that I would grumble in the store aisles when I saw the prices of the name brand toilet paper. I would internally complain if I was stuck with the thin stuff at home or in public, too.

I am certainly not trying to be crude in conversation on a national holiday. It was just eye-opening to reflect on how quickly personal perspectives can change…and not in a good way, either!

The Better Way

I recently read through 1 Thessalonians. At the end of the last chapter, I saw many good and practical ways to please God. This particular section stood out to me…

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks" (1 Thess. 5:16-17a, NKJV).

Joy, thankfulness…these are traits that please God! When we’re complaining or miserable with a particular life bump, we are failing to think through what a heart of joy and thankfulness should look like.

When I grumbled about toilet paper options (when there were actually OPTIONS in the aisles this year), I was not showing a heart of thankfulness. In 2020, I would never have imagined I would ever complain about toilet paper again, but golly, sure enough, this year, I failed in this department (dad, did you catch the pun??)!!

This Thanksgiving

So, during this Thanksgiving (and beyond), I pray that I guard my heart and perspective with whatever happens…even in 2022! I encourage you to do the same.

Happy Thanksgiving! Debbie (mom) and I (daughter) are thankful for our readers and encouragers. God bless you all this holiday season.




Debbie Christopher
Debbie Christopher
Nov 24, 2021

Yes, thank you readers for your support. We desire to be a weekly encouragement to each of you. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Sharon Czerwien
Sharon Czerwien
Nov 24, 2021
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Yes, indeed!

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