Doesn’t it seem as if the people with the most problems are often those who are most thankful for what they have? Facing a crisis tends to make us appreciate the things we take for granted.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in ‘Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community,’ — “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi’s) and a founding member of the Confessing Church.
His involvement in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943. He was later executed by hanging in April 1945, shortly before the war’s end.
My challenge to myself and you too, is to appreciate what I have, even without a crisis prompting us. I will start and end today thinking about how fortunate I am, right here, right now.