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Reasons to be Thankful

Hard to believe it is only four weeks since the UK general election. It feels like a different era altogether.

The night before the election we had a church prayer meeting which we began by giving thanks: thanks for as many examples of common grace as we could think of. There are a lot of reasons to be depressed about the state of the world, and at times I can find these things occupy far too much of my thinking – whether it be the extraordinary adulation with which Bruce Jenner’s ‘transition’ has been greeted or the inability (or refusal?) of the West to deal with ISIS. Yet we have a tremendous amount to be thankful for.

When thinking about thankfulness we often rush, rightly, to the big-ticket items: salvation by grace through faith, eternal security, God’s love poured into our hearts by the Spirit. Sometimes we rush too quickly past common grace, the mundane, day to day blessings we enjoy and too often take for granted. At our pre-election prayer meeting this is where we began. It is a good thing to do.

I’m thankful for:

Hot and cold running water
Shoes, without holes in them
Potatoes that come ready-washed
Central heating
A police force that can generally be trusted
Health care free at the point of delivery
A working car
A roof over my head
Shops that are full of food
Money to buy food
A rubbish collection service
Schools for my kids
Parks with trees and flowers
Double glazing
Flushing toilets
Clean water
A comfortable bed
Green grass
The right to put a cross on a ballot paper

I’m sure you can think of many other examples.

A coupe of weeks back I attended a thanksgiving service for the life of a great old saint. One of her sons paid tribute, saying that his mother was known for describing everything as lovely: the food was lovely, the countryside was lovely, the time together was lovely, ‘you must stop at those toilets – they’re lovely’. Of course, not everything is lovely, but so much is. Let’s not let grace slip past us, just because it is common.


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