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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
"Thanks for Everything"
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20
Scottish minister Alexander Whyte was known for his uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be grateful. One Sunday morning the weather was so gloomy that one church member thought to himself, "Certainly the preacher won't think of anything for which to thank the Lord on a wretched day like this." Much to his surprise, however, Whyte began by praying, "We thank Thee, O God, that it is not always like this.”
During this month of November, we are cultivating a gratitude attitude. Each member of this body needs to be on a journey to grow in thankfulness. Oh, how easy it is to grumble and complain! Yet, how much more vital is it to praise and thank! On bad days we can all say, “Thank God it is not always like this.” When days are good we can say, “Thank God, it is like this today.” Even when we are tempted to think that things will never be fixed in this life, we can say, “Thank God, there is another life!” No matter what, if we are children of God, it will get better.
Sometimes life’s troubles are our own doing. Even then we can still be thankful. I think about the two men who were walking through a field one day when they spotted an enraged bull. Instantly they darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit, and it was soon apparent they wouldn't make it.
Terrified, the one shouted to the other, "Put up a prayer, John. We're in for it!"
John answered, "I can't. I've never made a public prayer in my life."
"But you must!" implored his companion. "The bull is catching up to us."
"All right," panted John, "I'll say the only prayer I know, the one my father used to repeat at the table: 'O Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful.’”
Be thankful for the lessons learned. We may have come through the trouble a little bruised and battered, but hopefully wiser for the wear!