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Only the grateful believe
Thanksgiving Day

Wayne Brouwer

Deuteronomy 8:7-18 — 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Luke 17:11-19


A schoolteacher asked her students to make a list of the things for which they were thankful. Right at the top of Chad's list was the word "glasses." Some children resent having to wear glasses but evidently not Chad! She asked him about it. Why was he thankful that he wore glasses?

"Well," he said, "my glasses keep the boys from hitting me and the girls from kissing me."

There is a lesson to be learned from that boy! Even the things we might consider less than beneficial might be reasons for thanks.

There will be a lot of cute expressions of thankfulness today. From open microphones passed around congregations to personal notes scribbled on slips of paper and collected as "Thank Offerings," the sublime and the simple will be noted and nodded in gratitude.

However, there is a deeper matter at stake in our celebrations today as well. In the most profound sense, thanksgiving and dependence go hand in hand. My faith in ...

This sermon commentary, Only the grateful believe, is based on Luke 17:11-19 and relates to Thanksgiving Day of Cycle A of the lectionary. This Sermon Commentary on Luke 17:11-19 is just one of over 1,000 Sermon Commentaries at 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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