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November 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Giving - Thanks...

This Thanksgiving one of the many things I’m grateful for is several people I call “mentors.” Recently one of these “blessings” – Dr. Brian Bauknight – wrote an article that included this story:

A group of adult friends held a reunion over the Thanksgiving season. They were now in mid-life and were remembering significant persons in their individual histories. One member of the group said, “Well, I remember Mrs. Simpson, a middle school teacher over thirty years ago, who went out of her way to introduce me to Tennyson.”

He then launched into a colorful description of this woman who had made an obvious impression on his life.  She had awakened his literary interest and developed his gifts for expression.

“And does Mrs. Simpson know that she made such a contribution to your life?” a member of the group asked.

“I’m afraid she doesn’t,” he replied. “I never told her.”

 “Why don’t you write her now?” came the response.

The challenge was accepted, even though he had no assurance Mrs. Simpson was still alive.  That night, this balding man in his mid forties sat down and wrote his teacher of many years ago a Thanksgiving letter. It took about a week for the letter to find her.  The letter was forwarded from town to town.  Finally, it reached her.  In due course, a handwritten note came by return mail.

               My dear Willie:

(He chuckled at her use of that name from years ago!)

I remember well your enthusiasm for Tennyson and the Idylls of the King when I read them to you.  You were so beautifully responsive.  My reward for telling you about Tennyson did not have to wait until your belated note of thanks came to me in my old age.  I saw your eager response when you were in my class.

You will be interested to know that I taught school for fifty years.  In all that time, yours is the first note of appreciation I have ever received.  It came on a blue, cold morning and it cheered my lonely old heart as nothing has cheered me in many years.

Observing Thanksgiving as a nation is an important thing to do. And the Bible invites the people of God again and again to “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1) But perhaps the real power in thanksgiving is found in “giving – thanks” to those whom God has used to impact and influence us in life changing ways.

Is there a Mrs. Simpson or two in your life? Some folks that God has used as channels of grace and blessing to you? Maybe the best way to observe Thanksgiving this year is to write a letter or two…….

Think on these things, and remember…

Keep Lookin’ Up!
Pastor David





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