by Marvin D. Patterson

Thanksgiving to God
Marvin Patterson
Psalm 66:1-20

ILL.- A Sunday School asked her class of little children what they were thankful for. One little boy said, "I'm thankful for my glasses." He went on, "They keep the boys from fighting with me and the girls from kissing me."

ILL.- The owner of a large department store offered a prize of $5,000 to the one giving the best answer to the question: "How can my business be most speedily and surely improved?" Many people submitted different lengthy answers. Roy McCardell received a check for $5,000 for simply writing on a postal card, "Tell your clerks to say 'Thank you!' "

ILL.- Just as preacher Harry Ironside was about to begin his meal, a man approached and asked if he could join him. Ironside invited him to have a seat. Then, as was his custom, Ironside bowed his head in prayer. When he opened his eyes, the other man asked, "Do you have a headache?" Ironside replied, "No, I don't." The other man asked, "Well, is there something wrong with your food?" Ironside replied, "No, I was simply thanking God as I always do before I eat."

The man said, "Oh, you're one of those, are you? Well, I want you to know I never give thanks. I earn my money by the sweat of my brow and I don't have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start right in!" Ironside said, "Yes, you're just like my dog. That's what he does too!"

ILL.- It was on Thanksgiving many years ago that actress Helen Hayes cooked her first turkey. Before serving it she announced to her husband, Charles MacArthur, and their son James: "Now I know this is the first turkey I've ever cooked. If it isn't right, I don't want anybody to say a word. We'll just get up from the table without comment, and go down to a restaurant for dinner."

Then she retired to the kitchen. When she entered the dining room, bearing the turkey, she found her husband and son seated at the table-wearing their hats and coats.


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