Thanksgiving

It’s easy for us to take what we have for granted. We’ve always had something, so we take it for granted that it’s always been that way and will always be that way.

I grew up without air conditioning at home or in the car–my first two cars didn’t have ac. There were no cell phones, no personal computers, and we didn’t have a color television. Actually, the first tv my wife and I had was a small black and white.

In the city, as a child, we had three television stations: ABC, CBS and NBC. Later, our family bought a small tv that could pick up the Public Broadcasting Station.

But at my grandmother’s house it was different. She didn’t have a television. She got her news from a radio, tuning in at 6 P. M. to hear a 30-minute newscast. In the mail, my grandmother received a weekly county newspaper.

Her house, built in the 1940s, originally didn’t have an indoor bathroom. I’d spend time with her and use the outhouse. To take a bath, water would be boiled and put into a round galvanized tub for this event, which was usually on a Saturday night.

To wash clothes, my grandmother would use a tub and a scrub board, also boiling water, to wash clothes by vigorously washing them to remove dirt.

I was talking with an older cousin when Covid 19 first hit. I remember saying to her, my grandmother never mentioned the Spanish Flu, which killed a lot of people from 1918 to 1919. My grandmother was born in 1897. My cousin reminded me that people died of many infirmities much more easily during that time, and an epidemic wouldn’t have seemed that usual.

I try to limit my bread consumption since it can cause me to gain excess weight. I remember my grandmother saying, “Eat some bread; it will keep you from getting hungry.”

She had lived through many times when people really could be hungry. I admit, a lot of times I’ve eaten when I’m not even hungry. I periodically delay eating just some I can occasionally feel some hunger pangs. It gives my stomach a rest from constantly digesting food.

If we could travel back in time, people didn’t have electricity, automobiles, any type of phone or modern forms of rapid travel. My grandmother’s father, in his early years, had driven a stage coach.

Most of us in the United States today have many more conveniences that royalty would have had in previous centuries. Yet, our expectations are through the roof.

The Bible tells us to be thankful: “In everything gives thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:18).

While we have organizations that specialize in grievances, Christian believers need to follow biblical admonitions that extol being thankful. It changes one’s attitude.

All should be thankful for God’s love and Christ’s death for our sins and His resurrection so that by believing in Jesus we have eternal life.

Ashton C. Smith

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