On a cold and cloudy November day, just days before Thanksgiving, Reverend James Thorndike sat at his cluttered, antique desk and began writing his Thanksgiving sermon.
Oh, he could have used the one that he ordered months ago from the Sermon Directory but it just wasn’t what he was looking for. And, so he continued to write but the words poured out--bland and boring!
“What should I write? Everything for Thanksgiving has already been written and it’s the same old stuff!” He hunched over his desk like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” and scratching his head, struggled for an original and creative thought.
Just then his seven-year old son, Jason came in wanting help with a new electronic game that Uncle George gave him on his birthday. “Daddy, can you help me with this? It’s not working!”
“Son, I’m very busy right now. Maybe your Mom can help you. She’s in the kitchen. Go ask her. I’m just too busy getting my sermon ready for Sunday.”
Jason gave his father a puzzled and disappointed look and then dejectedly walked out of the room, searching for mom.
James looked to the ceiling and prayed, “Dear God, please help me to write a decent Thanksgiving sermon. Something original, something catchy. My congregation is getting so small; soon they may not want me anymore and then what will happen to my family? Please dear God, help me!”
Then, suddenly there appeared a form in the corner of the room. He couldn’t tell what it was but the ‘being’ just stood there—at least it looked like he or she stood there—and it was almost as if the form was saying, “The answer to your prayer was in this room seconds ago. Are you so blind, that you didn’t see it?”
“What do you mean? Only my son was here in the room and I love him with all my heart? Are you accusing me of not being a good father?”
He could hear no reply but it was almost like the words were placed above the figure and read,“Be thankful for what God has given you—your son, your wife, your life and the many blessings in your life. Wake up and understand what God has given to you and those in your congregation! From this day forward, know that all things that are good, come from God and even the bad things in life can be turned into good, if only you trust and believe in Him!”
“How stupid and blind I have been! He shouted out loud. Now I know what I will write and the words will be glorious!”
And so now James began writing in a flurry and by the time he was finished he had before him a sermon that was timeless and classic. His title told it all, “Believe As a Child, And You Will Live To Enjoy Many Thanksgivings!”
And, isn’t it true? When we come to Christ as a child and believe with all of our heart what the Savior can do for us, aren’t we rich and full and ready to meet the challenges of life?
So, Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to all!
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