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Truly Thankful

*** I originally posted this last Thanksgiving. I enjoyed reading it again and I thought you might too. ***

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

“Thank you Jesus. Oh, thank you Jesus. God is good all the time, all the time God is good.” These are the words that the elderly gentleman kept repeating as he made his way slowly down the three flights of stairs. It had taken him longer than most to get up the stairs, pick out his clothing and make his way back down – being elderly and walking with a cane – but he was so glad he had.

The young woman walking down the stairs behind him was amazed at his thankfulness and his repeated praise to God for his goodness. All this over a small bag containing: 2 pairs of underwear, sweatpants, sweatshirt, jacket and a pair of shoes (that were 2 sizes too big), she thought cynically.

How often am I  humble enough to truly be thankful for all of the things God has provided for me?  How often am I amazed at God’s perfect provisions for me and my family? How often am I overwhelmed by God’s complete goodness?

I may have more “stuff” than the man I encountered Monday night but God has shown me this week that this man was rich! Rich in Christ’s love. Rich in communion with Christ. And rich in his intimacy with our creator.

Lord, humble my heart and open my eyes to your provisions and goodness. Let me be truly thankful.

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)

Happy Thanksgiving!


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3 Responses to “Truly Thankful”

  1. Pam says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I’m looking forward to spending the day with you and your boys. I am very thankful that you are part of my life!

  2. honey says:

    I am so thankful for you and your heart of compassion.

  3. SYBIL says:

    We are indeed so blessed with a wonderful family!
    It was good to have had the opportunity to share the time with you, Bill, and Will. He’s a joy to be around. Now we await Thomas, the gift from God. Love all of you!