Two men 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.” (Source Unknown)
It seems in our society we have lost what it means to be thankful. It is so easy to dwell on the negative, but we need to learn to see the positive in even the most difficult of circumstances. That is not always easy, as we sometimes struggle with health issues, loss of a loved one, and difficulty on our jobs. But the only way we will find peace is to be a thankful people.
If we think about it, we have much to be thankful for. We live in a wonderful, safe community where we can walk around day or night and feel safe. We should learn to be grateful for the little things in life: a friendly smile from a stranger or someone we don’t know opening the door for us. We should be thankful for the times our health is good. We should be thankful that we have food on the table to eat and clothes to wear. We can always find ways to be thankful, if we look hard enough and open our minds to the possibilities life presents to us.
So, this Thanksgiving, let us learn to be a people who are not afraid to give thanks and allow our God to shower us with His love.
Chris Hill, senior pastor
Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland