LET ME BE THANKFUL! The story is told about an event in the life of Matthew Henry, the author of the Matthew Henry Commentaries, who wrote between 1706 and 1721. One time while walking the streets of London, Matthew Henry was attacked by thieves and robbed of his purse. He wrote these words in his diary: "Let me be thankful. First, I was never robbed before. Second, although they took my purse, they didn't take my life. Third, although they took my all, it was not much. Fourth, let me be thankful because it was I who was robbed and not I who did the robbing." What a great perspective on life! Most of the time we think of blessings in terms or what we get or what God gives us instead of being thankful in all the circumstances of life.
Tomorrow when we absorb ourselves in all the activities and events of Thanksgiving Day let us be sure that we pause and lift our voices to heaven and do what George Washington said to do by “acknowledging with grateful hearts the many favors of Almighty God.” We do not always understand the circumstances in which we find ourselves nor do we always understand what Almighty God is working out in our lives but we can always thank God for the many favors we have experienced at His hand. Jesus said, “He (the Father) causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain of the righteous and the unrighteous,” (Matthew 5:45 NIV). There is the common grace of God and the common blessings of God that all experience whether Christians or not. In America all have experienced these common blessings of God probably more than any nation on earth. It would be fitting for all of us to actually use this annual designated day of giving Thanksgiving to God to the practice of giving Thanksgiving to God. As we give thanks to God on Thanksgiving Day let us remember that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…,” (James 1:17 NIV).Dear God, let me be thankful I pray.