Stories of gratitude fit Thanksgiving season

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Judy Brandon

Throughout the Scriptures, we read about people who were thankful. These scripture personalities were all in different situations. Some like Job were overwhelmed with trouble and calamity. Some like the blind man was healed by the Savior. Some were simply grateful that their hunger was satisfied. In all instances, the following Bible personalities had reasons to be thankful.

Gideon was thankful that God was with him and even with a little army of 300 he defeated the mighty Midianites. (Judges 6 and 7)

Eli was thankful that Hannah gave her young son Samuel into the service of God to help him in the temple. (1 Samuel 1 and 2)

Job was thankful that God restored all he had and then some. (Job 42)

The man Samuel was thankful that he grew up in the temple and learned the ways of the Lord and spent a lifetime of service to the Lord.( 1 Samuel)

Jesse, although he was stunned when Samuel anointed young David as the future king of Israel was no doubt thankful that God had shown his favor on young David. (1 Samuel 16)

David was thankful that Abigail came to his rescue, provided food for David and his men. (1 Samuel 25)

Jonah was thankful that God saved him. He then in complete obedience to God went into the wicked city of Nineveh and prophesied about their doom if they did not turn to God. (The book of Jonah).

Joseph was thankful that the angel came to him because otherwise he would not have trusted Mary and might have divorced her since she was pregnant. (Matthew 1)

Matthew was thankful that Jesus called him. Matthew therefore was an eye witness to Jesus’ ministry. As a result we have the book of Matthew. (Matthew 9:9-12)

Peter, even though he believed he would never deny Christ, was thankful that Jesus forgave him after he had denied Christ three times. (Mark 14:66-72)

Zacharias was thankful that God gave him a son in his old age. His son was John, the forerunner of Christ. (Luke 1)

At least one leper out of the ten was thankful that Jesus healed him. (Luke 17:11-17)

John the Baptist was thankful that he could be the one to announce that Jesus the Messiah was coming, one he was not “worthy to untie his shoes.” (John 3)

The disciples were thankful, and I am sure that the little boy with five loaves and two fish was thankful in his own way when Jesus used his meager lunch to feed the five thousand thankful people on the hillside, then the five thousand people were thankful! (John 6: 1-14)

The man blind from birth was thankful that Jesus healed him. Even when the Pharisees quizzed him, trying to condemn Jesus, the man said he knew nothing…just that Jesus healed him. The blind man was thankful at last to see. (John 9)

When the ship wrecked, all the men that were on the ship with Paul were saved. Paul was able to testify about God and tell the others that no life would be lost even if the ship wrecked. Then I believe that Paul was always thankful, throughout his life, that he had the privilege of being a servant of Jesus Christ and telling others about Him. (Acts 27 and 28)

John was thankful that he was allowed to see visions and evidences of the New Jerusalem. Today we have the book of Revelation. (Revelation 1:1-19)

Do these stories have value for us this Thanksgiving season?

So in all instances of our lives, we can be thankful. God asked Jeremiah, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)

I am thankful that nothing is too hard for God!

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:

cbrandon@plateautel.net