It’s not always like this …

No matter how hard things may be for you this Thanksgiving Day as you gather for dinner, there will be plenty for you to be thankful for.

Some measure their blessings only by their immediate circumstances, but such a narrow view misses much of life’s greater context.

Scottish minister Alexander Whyte was known for getting that greater context, and for his uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be grateful. One Sunday morning the weather was so gloomy that one church member thought to himself, ” Certainly the preacher won’t think of anything for which to thank the Lord on a wretched day like this.”

Much to the fellow’s surprise, Whyte began by praying, “We thank Thee, O God, that it is not always like this.”

If things are tough for you today, remember that things are not always like this. And for that, be grateful.