Gratitude Finds a Way to Give Thanks

autumn leavesGratitude finds a way to give thanks. Do you believe it? That’s what the minister said this past Sunday leading up to Thanksgiving. He also mentioned the familiar verse of Paul’s; give thanks in all circumstances.

Well, moments earlier, as I prepared to leave the Sunday school classroom where I meet with the ladies in my class, something happened which, depending on your perspective, could be viewed as funny, humorous, crazy, embarrassing, or mortifying. However you might view it, the incident proved gratitude finds a way to give thanks.

Let me explain.

Our ladies’ class recently moved to a new classroom. In doing so, we gave up the closet where our curriculum and other belongings are kept. It’s a long story. At the end of our time together, I left the ladies and went to our previous room to retrieve our study guides for the upcoming quarter.

I returned to our room, passed out the books, and sat down for the closing prayer. When I stood to leave, I felt a very weird sensation on my legs.

When I looked down, I needed a minute to figure out what was on the floor. Encircling my feet was my half-slip. It had slid off my body when I stood. It really was funny, actually. I stepped out of the slip, picked it up, and somehow managed to cram it into my very small purse.

So, here’s where the minister’s message on gratitude finds a way to give thanks makes its way into this post and into my life.

·         My slip stayed put in our opening session of men and women before we dismissed to individual classrooms.  

·         When I went into our old classroom for the books, a man was already seated in the room waiting for his class to begin. My slip stayed where it was supposed to while I gathered our books and left that room.

·         My slip did not fall off while I was in the hall between the two classrooms.

·         My slip did not fall off as I walked between our classroom and the sanctuary to begin service. Besides being embarrassed if it had, I probably would have tripped with the thing around my ankles, and who can say how that would have ended? But from past experiences, I’m thinking a trip to the emergency room may have been in the mix.

·         My slip did not fall off in the service, nor did it fall off as I left the church building.

Instead of any of those less-than-optimal scenarios, God kept my slip in place until I stood up in a room among female friends. He provided enough space in my small purse for me to stuff the unmentionable. You need to understand, when I say small, I mean small. And most importantly, it was my slip which fell off, not my skirt.

As I think about what happened, I look beyond a fallen half-slip, and consider all the many reasons I have in my life for gratitude to find a way to give thanks.

What about you? How have you experienced ways for gratitude to find a way to give thanks in your life?

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I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.

He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! He gives justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his will and nature to Moses and the people of Israel.

He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. For he knows we are but dust and that our days are few and brief, like grass, like flowers, blown by the wind and gone forever.

But the loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to those who reverence him; his salvation is to children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant and remember to obey him!

The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything there is. Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly.

Let everything everywhere bless the Lord. And how I bless him too! Psalm 103 (TLB)

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I wish you well.


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Blessings and Curses

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

At one of the schools where I taught in Florida, my classroom was a portable building. Across from our portable was another portable. One day at the height of college football season, the teacher in the other portable and I lined our students up the ramp leading to our respective portables, and shouted at each other.

No. We weren’t on opposing teams. Both teachers were University of Central Florida grads, (Go Knights!) and we were teaching our students one of UCF’s cheers.

Black! Gold!

Maybe you had to be there to appreciate the cheer, but for those few minutes, each class tried to out-scream the other with rounds of Black! Gold! Black! Gold!

It was great.

Remembering that day, I thought about a time near the end of Moses’ life when he told the twelve tribes of Israel to line up on opposite mountains from each other; reminding them of the blessings and curses that would come upon them depending on whether they obeyed the commandments of the LORD, or not.

Seven tribes stood on one side of Mount Gerizim to proclaim blessings, and five tribes stood across the valley on Mount Ebal to proclaim curses. No. I don’t know why it wasn’t an even six and six.

The priestly tribe of Levites stood in the valley between them.

As Moses recited what would bring a curse from God to fall upon them: idol worship, taking advantage of a blind person, injustice toward a foreigner, orphan, or widow … all the people shouted Amen. So be it.

Next Moses listed the blessings which would come if they obeyed the Lord’s commands: blessings in the field, city crops, children, flocks and herds …

It was important to Moses the people understood what he set before them before he died. Life or death. Blessing or curse. He wanted so much for them to choose life by following God.

You know, we have the same choice to make. Life or death. Blessing or curse.

Follow Jesus and be blessed.

Follow the world and be cursed.

As it was up to the individual to decide during the time of Moses, it is up to the individual to decide in our current time.

This isn’t a simple matter of standing in front of one portable and shouting to the other.

Its a matter of blessings and curses. Life or death.

It’s a matter of choosing this day whom we will follow. Amen?

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 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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