ON BEING THANKFUL
Every Sunday morning, when I lead the pastoral prayer in our church, I tack on a list of things for which we can be thankful to God. I try to be creative with the list of “thank you’s,” but often I find that I quickly run out of things for which to praise the Lord. That is, until recently. During a field education banquet at our seminary, a woman told about her experiences working in a center for the handicapped and disabled. She told of a time when she had some disabled children make a litany of thanksgiving — things for which they are thankful to God. A tear of revelation and joy came to my eye as she read a list that included things like “Thank you, God for being able to stand up.” Wow! How do we miss such precious things? Thinkgs like “Thank you, God, that Jesus is alive,” or “Thank you, God, for the gift of speech.”…
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