by Rod Davis
Henry Smith wrote a beautiful song that Don Moen recorded that says, “Give thanks with a grateful heart.” We forget sometimes just how blessed we are in America. God has blessed us beyond any other nation in modern history. This became more apparent to me personally during a trip to Jamaica that was sponsored by Food for the Poor.
Part of our tour took us to a landfill where over 7000 people lived in a shantytown under the most impoverished conditions. These unfortunates supported themselves by living off of what others threw away. Families lived in shabby huts made of ten and cardboard. Barefoot Children played among the garbage and broken glass of the refuge of others.
When I lay down to sleep that night images of those dear people haunted my mind. I prayed for them as I stared into the darkness. Then I began to give thanks that my family had a decent home and food to eat. I gave thanks that my children lived in a country where opportunity abounds and hope remains alive. I thanked God for America and the freedom that we hold so dear. But mostly, I thanked God for His love and goodness to me and my loved ones and for salvation so full and free.
As you gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving please consider this. We are blessed with so much in a world where so many have so little. Give thanks with a truly grateful heart—a heart that displays deep appreciation for all God has blessed us with.
GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
GIVE THANKS TO THE HOLY ONE
GIVE THANKS FOR HE’S GIVEN JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON
AND NOW LET THE WEAK SAY I AM STRONG
LET THE POOR SAY I AM RICH
BECAUSE OF WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR US [i]
[i] Give Thanks Words and Music by Henry Smith © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music