Joel Gregory tells the story of a family seated around their table one Thanksgiving Day looking at the annual holiday bird.
From the oldest to the youngest, they were to express their praise. When they came to the 5-year-old in the family, he began by looking at the turkey and expressing his thanks to the turkey, saying although he had not tasted it he knew it would be good.
After that rather novel expression of thanksgiving, he began with a more predictable line of credits, thanking his mother for cooking the turkey and his father for buying the turkey. But then he went beyond that. He joined together a whole hidden multitude of benefactors, linking them with cause and effect. Continue reading
Lisa Earby, a Cleveland, Tennessee, teacher relates a funny story about reading one-on-one with a first grader.
For the first time the student discovered the words “thank you” in print. Lisa hoped her pupil would use some of the reading strategies she’d learned to figure out the words. However, after a few moments, Lisa decided to tell her the word “thank.” When she didn’t respond, Lisa emphatically said, “Thank.” Continue reading
Rudyard Kipling was a great British poet, novelist and short story writer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Well known for his fictional work The Jungle Book and his poem IF, Kipling received the Nobel prize in literature in 1907. The poet Laureate earned a great deal of money from his literary works which spawned criticism in British media.
Hoping for a story, a newspaper reporter once approached him and said, “Mr. Kipling. I just read that somebody calculated that the money you made from your writings amounts to over $100 a word.” Continue reading
Today’s post is a fun application of the song, “Count Your Many Blessings” using the alphabet. Some are spiritual. Others physical. A few personal. Plus little things we take for granted. Continue reading
The Scottish minister Alexander Whyte was known for his positive attitude and uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be thankful.
One Sunday morning the weather was awful. It was a dark, dreary and stormy day. One the deacons remarked, “Well, the preacher won’t have anything to be thankful for on a day like this!” Continue reading
Matthew Henry was a well-known, British Bible scholar and Preacher who lived from 1662 to 1714. His commentaries on the Old and New Testament are still in print today.
One day Dr. Henry was riding his horse on the way to a church meeting where he was the guest speaker. As he journeyed through the dense forest a masked bandit suddenly appeared with a gun. He demanded that Henry dismount and hand over all of his money. Fearing for his life, he quickly complied as the robber returned into the woods. Continue reading
Norma Jean and I are in Florida for Thanksgiving. Last night we went grocery shopping, laying in food for our stay and for the big day on Thursday! When we came to the meat section, she found a turkey and said “Do you think it’s big enough?” I agreed that it was. But it reminded me of this story. Continue reading