Let Us Be Thankful

The Bible teaches us to be thankful. Paul encouraged us to give thanks to God for everything. In 1 Timothy 4:3-5, he said we should thank God for supplying our material needs, in 1 Corinthians 15:57 for the victory over death and the grave, in 2 Corinthians 2:14 for the triumph of the gospel in our lives, and in Romans 6:17-18 for freedom from the bondage of sin.

The following poem shows that we should count our blessings:

Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair.

I envied her - she seemed so gay - and I wished I were as fair.

When suddenly she arose to leave, I saw the cruel braces as she hobbled down the aisle;

A victim of polio was she, but as she passed, she gave a smile!

Oh, God forgive me when I whine.

I have two straight legs. The world is mine!

And when I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who sold them had such charm.

I talked with him. He said to me: “It’s nice, to talk with folks like you. You see,” he said, “I’m blind.”

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have two eyes. The world is mine!

Then walking down the street I saw a child with eyes of blue.

He stood and watched the others play. It seemed he knew not what to do.

I stopped a moment, then I said: “Why don’t you join the others, dear?”

He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have two ears. The world is mine!

With feet to take me where I’d go,

With eyes to see the sunset’s glow,

With ears to hear what I should know,

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

I’m blessed indeed. The world is mine!

Indeed, we should be thankful for all of our blessings. We should be thankful most of all for the wonderful spiritual blessings we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15).

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