Message From Pastor
Greg Anderson, in Living Life on Purpose tells a story about a man whose wife had left him. He was completely depressed. He had lost faith in himself, in other people, in God–he found no joy in living. One rainy morning this man went to a small neighborhood restaurant for breakfast. Although several people were at the diner, no one was speaking to anyone else. Our miserable friend hunched over the counter, stirring his coffee with a spoon.
In one of the small booths along the window was a young mother with a little girl. They had just been served their food when the little girl broke the sad silence by almost shouting, “Momma, why don’t we say our prayers here?” The waitress who had just served their breakfast turned around and said, “Sure, honey, we pray here. Will you say the prayer for us?” The dear little child turned and looked at the rest of the people in the restaurant and said, “Bow your heads.” Surprisingly, one by one, the heads went down. The little girl then bowed her head, folded her hands, and said, “God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for our food. Amen.”
That prayer changed the entire atmosphere. People began to talk with one another. The waitress said, “We should do that every morning.”
“All of a sudden,” said our friend, “my whole frame of mind started to improve. From that little girl’s example, I started to thank God for all that I did have and stop majoring in all that I didn’t have. I started to be grateful.”
This Thanksgiving time of the year is a good time also for us to stop focusing on what we do not have and to thank God for all that He has so graciously given. In fact, this Thanksgiving I have a challenge for us: Let’s practice our A-B-C’s and work through the alphabet, naming at least one thing for every letter from A to Z for which we are each thankful to the God of all grace and all mercy! Perhaps, for example, we could thank God for Alabaster, Bacon, Caring people, and, well, you get the idea.
What cause we have for gratitude to God, not only at Thanksgiving, but always. What songs of thanks and praise we can sing for His best of all gifts: life here and life eternal there; forgiveness of sins; salvation; the gifts of the Holy Spirit; and oh, so much more, because of Jesus Christ, our Lord!
Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!
May it be for us more than a day, but the beginning
of many days, weeks, months, perhaps an entire year,
of gratitude to our gracious God!