Short Story: Being Thankful

The "suppertime" call rang out and Nathan and Grandpa took their places at the table. Grandma's homemade bread and other goodies met Nathan's bright eyes as he folded his hands and waited ... and waited. Though Grandpa was hungry too, he was adjusting his knife and fork and plate as he finished a little conversation with Grandma.

The wait was too long for hungry Nathan, so he put his little hand on Grandpa's arm and said, "Say grace, Grampy, say grace." So with their heads bowed, Grandpa thanked God for His love in giving Jesus to die on the cross and for the food that He had again provided for them, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grandpa's prayer had especially pleased Nathan, so when eyes opened he looked up at his grandpa with a satisfied smile and said, "The Lord Jesus loves that!"

What a truth and lesson we have from a three-year-old. The Lord does love to hear our thankfulness for everything He has provided for us. Salvation from our sins through His precious blood is, of course, the greatest. But our food, health and safety are included in His daily care for us, too. Ephesians 5:20 says, "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).


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