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The passing of gospel great Walter Hawkins gave me the opportunity to go back into his rich music catalog and check out all of the wonderful music he and his family gave the world.  Every song he and his family sang,gave GOD the glory and praise.  Although some of his music is considered “old school”, it still sounds sweet to my ears.  When I began to listen to  his song, “Be Grateful”, this particular time, the words spoke loud and direct to me.  I reflected on my week, month, year and life and questioned myself, “What Am I Grateful For?”  There’s so many things I am grateful for and makes me recognizes how precious life is.

Take time out to ask yourself, “What are YOU grateful for?” Share it with us or with someone who may need to hear your testimony when you’re in ear-distance of someone complaining and worrying. Walter Hawkins and the Hawkins Family gave us this song and many others that we can listen to over and over again.

Check out Kim Burrell’s version and listen to her message:

Walter Hawkins and The Hawkins Family (Live version)

Here’s the lyrics:

Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful)

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful)

God has not promised me sunshine

That’s not the way it’s going to be

But a little rain (A little rain)

Mixed with God’s sunshine

A little pain (A little pain)

Makes me appreciate the good times

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful

God desires to feel your longing

Every pain that you feel

He feels them just like you (Just like you)

But he had to die to make you feel only good (Only good)

Then you can appreciate the good times

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Be Grateful

Be Grateful

Because there’s someone else who’s worse off than you

Be Grateful (Be Grateful)

Because there’s someone else who’d love to be in your shoes

Be Grateful ( Be Grateful)

Lord God save us

Be Grateful (Be Grateful

Be Grateful (Be Grateful) (*repeated several times)

For it will be alright

Be Grateful (Be Grateful)

Even through the hard times, the good times too

Be Grateful (Be Grateful)

God said in his words that he never leave you

Be Grateful (Be Grateful)

Be Grateful (Be Grateful) (*repeated several times)

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful)

He wants us to be grateful

For it will be alright.

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