There’s a story about a man whose wife had left him.
He was completely depressed.
He had lost faith in himself, in other people, in God.
He found no joy in living.
One rainy morning this man went to a small neighbourhood café for breakfast. Although several people were in the café, no-one was speaking to anyone else. Our miserable friend hunched over a table, stirring his coffee with a spoon. Sitting at another table was a young mother with a little girl. They had just been served their food when the little girl broke the sad silence by almost shouting, “Mum, why don’t we say our prayers here?”
The waitress who had just served their breakfast turned around and said, “Sure, honey, we pray here. Will you say the prayer for us?” and she turned and looked at the rest of the people in the restaurant and said, “Bow your heads.”
Surprisingly, one by one, the heads went down. The little girl then bowed her head, folded her hands, and said, “God is great. God is good and we thank him for our food. Amen.”
That prayer changed the entire atmosphere. People began to talk with one another. The waitress said, “We should do that every morning.”
“All of a sudden”, said the man, “my whole frame of mind started to improve. From that little girl’s example, I started to thank God for all that I did have and stopped moaning about all that I didn’t have. I started to be grateful.”
We all understand and appreciate the importance of gratitude; how it can radically change relationships. In fact, one of the first things we got taught and that we teach our children is to express their gratitude. Someone gives them some sweets and we parents say, “Now what do you say?” and the child learns early in life that the answer is “Thank you.”
We certainly all know as adults that we appreciate being thanked by people, yet when it comes to giving thanks to our Heavenly Father, we so often miss the mark.
Come and join us on a Sunday morning and we can all thank God together.
July Services on Sundays @ 1030 Calle Sobrija 2248, Camposol D
1st Songs of Praise
8th Holy Communion
15th Morning Prayer
22nd Holy Communion
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