The Inside Column 25/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 25, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

Here is an extract from my reading this week from Bible in One Year by Nicky Gumbel about an Attitude of Gratitude:

Jean Smith told me her story. She was in her mid-sixties. She came from Cwmbran in Wales. She had been blind for sixteen years. She had a white stick, and a guide dog named Tina. An infection had eaten away at the retinas and mirrors behind her eyes – they could not be replaced. She was in constant pain.Jean went on a local Alpha course. They had a day away to focus on the work of the Holy Spirit. During this time, the pain left. She went to church the following Sunday to thank God. The minister anointed her with oil. As she wiped the oil away she could see the communion table. God had miraculously healed Jean.

She had not seen her husband for sixteen years. She was surprised at how white his beard was! Jean had never even seen her daughter-in-law before. Her six-and-a-half-year-old grandson used to guide her around the puddles to avoid her getting her feet wet.

He said to her, ‘Who done that Gran?’ She replied, ‘Jesus made me better.’ ‘I hope you said thank you, Gran.’ ‘I will never stop saying thank you,’ she answered.

Praise is giving glory to God for who he is. Thanksgiving is giving glory to God for what he has done for us. It is the lens through which to view our entire life. How do you cultivate an attitude of gratitude? Publicly offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving Psalm 116:12-19. It is not enough to thank God in the privacy of your own home. There is something significant about coming together and publicly thanking God ‘in the presence of all his people’ (v.14). The psalmist asks the rhetorical question, ‘What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?. God has been so good to him. He is thankful that his future is secure, that ‘when they arrive at the gates of death God welcomes those who love him’ (v.15, MSG). He gives thanks for what God has done in the past, declaring that ‘you have freed me from my chains!’ (v.16).

Sometimes thanksgiving is easy. At other times it is more of a sacrifice (v.17). St John of Avila (1500–1569) wrote, ‘One act of thanksgiving when things go wrong with us is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclination.’

 

Yours in Christ

 

 

Philip

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