I can’t take credit for this story. I heard it somewhere along the way, but I don’t know who or where. So – if anyone knows, please let me know. But the story is so good as I think about how we fail so often to be grateful for our “every day” blessings.
One afternoon a shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break. She bought herself a little bag of cookies and put them in her shopping bag. She then got in line for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her coffee and taking out a magazine she began to sip her coffee and read. Across the table from her a man sat reading a newspaper. After a minute or two she reached out and took a cookie. As she did, the man seated across the table reached out and took one too. This put her off, but she did not say anything.
A few moments later she took another cookie. Once again the man did so too. Now she was getting a bit upset, but still she did not say anything. After having a couple of sips of coffee she once again took another cookie. So did the man. She was really upset by this – especially since now only one cookie was left. Apparently the man also realized that only one cookie was left. Before she could say anything he took it, broke it in half, offered half to her, and proceeded to eat the other half himself. Then he smiled at her and, putting the paper under his arm, rose and walked off.
Was she steamed! Her coffee break ruined, already thinking ahead of how she would tell this offense to her family, she folded her magazine, opened her shopping bag, and there discovered her own unopened bag of cookies.
Recently my husband had a major surgery. In recovering from that surgery he was reduced to having me do a lot of things for him that he would normally do. That first week home I brought him medicine, put on his socks for him, basically waited on him “hand and foot.”
As he slowly regained his strength and began taking care of his own needs, we both thought about how we take for granted so much each day, how grateful we should be for the “little things.”
- being able to get out of bed without anyone’s help
- being able to put on our own socks and shoes
- being able to walk outside and see the beautiful flowers
- being able to get in the tub and have a relaxing bath
The list could go on and on, but we realize we need to be grateful for what we have instead of ungrateful for what we do not have.
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm. 9:1
“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesus 5:20
Thank you Lord for waking me up this morning. Thank you that I was able to fix my own breakfast, dress myself and enjoy another day of life. Thank you that my husband is here with me to enjoy that cup of coffee. Thank you that I can see the beautiful flowers starting to bloom. Thank you for being able to speak to my children on the phone or share pictures with them on Facebook. Most of all, thank you for your mercy and love to me.
What are you grateful for today?