Across the Preacher's Desk: Are We Thankful?

February 25, 2021 - When Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter, he has this to say in chapter 3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves… unthankful.” Does that description fit us in our own day and time? Lovers of self would indicate a certain degree of selfishness and along with that comes a lack of gratitude.

The events of the past week were a trying experience to say the least. We were without power, we were without water and we were cold, very cold. Perhaps it revealed to us the many things we take for granted in our world.

We always assume that if we are cold, all we need to do is adjust the thermostat and we can be warmer. We are accustomed to turning on the faucet and being able to get water to make coffee, or cook our food our get a drink. We are accustomed to flipping a switch and having light in the room. Yet, during our bitter freeze last week, we did not have the use of these things we have come to take for granted.

If anything comes to us out of our cold weather experience, it is that we have many things in our life that we take for granted and do not appreciate as we should. However, more than electricity, heat and water, we should make certain we appreciate the people in our lives. The people who make our lives better. Let’s make sure we don’t take them for granted but thank God for them.

It’s something to think about… tbp

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