A minister in England saw a young boy come into his church one weekday, kneel at the altar and pray.
The boy prayed so long that the minister wanted to know more about him. When the boy arose from his prayer, the minister asked, “Do you often come here to pray?” “I have been here four times in the last five days,” he replied.
“Have you some loved one who is fighting in the war?” asked the minister. “Yes sir,” said the boy, “I have been praying for my daddy. He came home today, so I came back to thank God for sparing his life,” was the simple reply.
— Alliance Weekly
By Chaplain (Maj.) Walter Marshall
Special to GUIDON
Being thankful is the aspect of praise that gives thanks to God for what he has already done and will do in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ve enjoyed God’s blessings so much that I have forgotten to thank him for them: for blessings such as my wife, my children, my family and friends, my coworkers, my country and even my freedom.
In the story above, the young man had a grateful heart for his father’s safe return.
He didn’t forget to be thankful to God for answered prayers. Sometimes when good things happen in our lives, we enjoy the good things and forget to thank God for them.
The young man could have enjoyed his father’s presence to such a degree that he forgot to return and thank God, but he didn’t.
One thing that comes to mind is the freedom we share in America.
Let us never indulge in our freedom to such a degree that we forget to thank God for it. Veterans Day is coming soon and regardless of our political party, nationality, race, creed or color, we can all thank God for the freedom we share as Americans.
Our wonderful freedom is unique only to America, but it is not free.
Courageous, brave young men and woman volunteer to go into harm’s way to ensure our wonderful freedom. Let us all, this Veterans Day, thank God Almighty for our living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
(Editor’s note: Marshall is the 1st Engineer Brigade chaplain.)