Thuggery At Thanksgiving

by Pastor Rick Sams

Gratitude is one of those 5-6 barometers of longevity that repeatedly shows up in the reports on the research. If you want to watch a powerful TED talk on gratitude and some of the other indicators of happiness go to Shawn Achor Feb 2017 “The Happy Secret To Better Work,” ( He highlights five keys to happiness: Random acts of kindness, writing down 3 gratitudes each day, meditation (mindfulness), journaling, & exercise.

One Thanksgiving the legendary Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, was robbed. Oh that we had his grace and gratitude. After recovering he wrote these reflections: “Though the robber took all I had, I didn’t have much. Though he took my money, I’m grateful he did not take my life. I’m so thankful that I was the one robbed and not the one who robbed.”

Oh that we had the gratitude of the psalm writer: “My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him….those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Psalms 34:2-10).