Thanks

THANKS

There was once a woman who was always able to find something for which she was thankful.  One morning there was a terrible snowstorm, but she still showed up in time for work, and she was thankful. Her supervisor was surprised to see her, and was equally surprised to hear that she was thankful to make it to work in such a storm.

 

When asked why she was so thankful, she said that she was thankful that she lived so close to work.  Her supervisor still did not understand how she could even walk on the icy sidewalks with the blowing winds.  She said that she was so thankful that she was able to crawl to work on her hands and knees. Her supervisor was astounded, and asked what was so wonderful about crawling to work on her hands and knees.  The woman smiled and said, “During the blizzard in the early morning light, no one was able to see me!” (Parables, Etc. November 1993)

 

As we prepare to go into the holiday season this year and especially thanksgiving our minds and hearts naturally turn to all the things we are thankful for.  Often, I hear people say that they are thankful for good food, good friends, and good family.  But what about when things are rough?  Can you find the strength to give thanks when things are not going so well?  The goofy story above teaches us that in every part of life there is always something to be thankful for if we will look hard enough.  But I think thankfulness goes even a bit further than even that truth will take us.

 

Our scriptures teach us that thankfulness is not just a reaction to the circumstances around us but an attitude that can actually affect our lives.  Consider Philippians 4:6, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (NRSV)”  With thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.   Thankfulness is not just to be the reaction to the good things we find in life, but the attitude with which we view life (including our problems which we take to God.)  Thankfulness is not just reaction, it is medicine and it will help us heal.  

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris