September 21, 2014
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Grown-up gratitude

Thanksgiving Day


Schuyler Rhodes



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Every parent has been through it. As your child gets bigger and learns to talk, it becomes time for her or him to learn to say "thank you." So Mom and Dad gently urge their toddler to thank Grandma for the birthday present, and everybody gets a kick out of her young tongue stumbling over the words. As the child grows older, the gentle urging becomes pestering, as her parents hope that at the birthday party, she won't simply grab the present from her friend at the door and tear off the wrapping paper. "Say 'thank you,' " you nag; and she mumbles a perfunctory "thanks." The nagging continues for years, and sometimes in good moments it may revert to a just gentle reminder. And then one day it happens. Lo and behold, after years of being nagged, she actually says to a friend "thank you" without your having to prompt her or him. There really are miracles in the...

This sermon commentary, Grown-up gratitude, is based on John 6:25-35 and relates to Thanksgiving Day of Cycle C of the lectionary. This Sermon Commentary on John 6:25-35 is just one of over 1,000 Sermon Commentaries at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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