A story is told about a young ministerial student who was part of a life saving team who rescued people from a ship that went down on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, Illinois in 1860. Edward Spencer swam again and again into the lake’s cold waters and rescued 17 passengers. Because of it, his own health began to deteriorate and a few years later, not one of the people he rescued attended his funeral. Some have the mistaken idea that all people are basically good and grateful. The opposite is true. Edward Spencer’s story should not surprise us; Luke 17 tells the story of ten lepers Jesus healed one day of which only one came back to personally thank Him. Because David knew that it is easier for us to be unthankful than thankful, he wrote in Psalm 103:2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Being truly grateful for all our blessings, begins with being grateful with the One who rescued us. Our prayer to God should be that He help us to never forget. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
Memory verse for the week: 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks. For this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus, concerning you.”