Yesterday, September 21st, was World Gratitude Day. It began in Hawaii in 1965 with the idea that the world would be a better place if people would take a little time to pause and reflect on the things in life for which they are grateful. In 1977 the United Nations Meditation Group officially declared September 21 would be a day for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection.
Christian writer and thinker, G.K. Chesterton once said, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” And that is so very true. The things we take for granted become dull and uninteresting. As a boy I lived in the tropics and took for granted the fresh tropical fruits that were readily available, but we were unable to get fresh milk. I longed to be able to go to the fridge and pour myself a glass of milk. Now I can have a glass of milk at any time, but I long for the guavas and papaya of my childhood. But if I stop, remember and be grateful, a cold glass of milk can be delicious.
And I am very grateful for you and for the First Presbyterian Church of Marion. We are not perfect by any means, but we manage to worship God and encourage one another. I hope I never take what we have for granted.
We are continuing this Sunday with our sermon series on the favorite stories of the Bible. This week Pastor Beth is preaching on the story of Noah, specifically Genesis 6:5-10, 9:8-17. Her sermon title is “Reboot,” and the Chancel Choir will be singing at the first service.
Stay in One Peace,