Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Scripture: Mark 6:30-34; 53-56. The Message Bible. Supper for Five Thousand.
Noted African American theologian, the late Howard Thurman wrote these words: I Give Thanks to God with My Whole Heart:
I give thanks unto God with my mind. I count one by one much that has come to me to make me glad. I remember the simple delights—The taste of food, the tasteless refreshment of cool water, The feeling of fatigue followed by restful sleep, The friendly greeting of many who pass me in the daily round and whose smiles deepen my faith in ordinary kindness. I remember, yes, I remember, And in my mind I give thanks to God. I give thanks unto God with my feelings. There are dangers which are now passed—I escaped; how I do not know. Vast is my relief that my hunch was wise to hold my tongue, When to have spoken would have hurt far beyond my powers ever to amend or heal. The mood that settled was of despair unrelieved and stark; Then a change came out of nowhere. All I know is the cloud was lifted and once again I was free. With sheer feeling I give thanks to God. I give thanks unto God with my life. The will to do more than the situation requires, The desire to be better than I am and to work at it, The urge to be thorough even in simple things, The delight in my friend’s good fortune, The sympathetic outgoing of myself in times of another’s need, The thoughtful telephone call, the urgent letter sustaining the hand of a public servant who serves the common conscience—All these and more are my thanks to God with my life