Being Thankful

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Being Thankful

 

   Once upon a time there lived a little girl who was born to a humble family. Shortly after she she became sick with a cold at only 6 weeks of age. Her little eyes became inflamed and the man who tried to help her made a very bad mistake which cost her eyesight. And then when she was just a year old her Daddy died. Thankfully she had a Mother and Grandmother to help raise her.

   During her younger years she was taught to memorize long verses from the Bible. Her Mother and Grandmother also taught her the many good things that Jesus asks us to do. And so when she was only eight years old she wrote this poem:

“O what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,!
I am resolved that in this world!
Contented I will be;!
How many blessings I enjoy!
That other people don’t!!
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,!
I cannot, and I won’t.”

   This little girl who I am talking about is named Fannie Crosby. She learned to love Jesus because of her Mother and Grandmother teaching her when she was young. And after writing this poem she wrote many other poems, and even over 8,000 hymns throughout her life.

   Now many years before Fannie Crosby was born, and even before Jesus’ birth, there was a young boy by the name of David who liked to play the harp and sing. He spent many days out in the country with the sheep while watching and caring over them. He liked being happy where he was and so he composed melodies. He is known as the author of Psalms in your Bible. David learned to know God through nature and expressed his happiness and love for God in songs of praise.

    Did you ever give a gift to someone and they forgot to say thank you? Did it make you stop to wonder if they were happy about their gift? Our God already knows our hearts, but He likes us to share how happy we are in voice and in songs. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.” Psalm 105:2. It is a wonderful missionary work when we learn to say thank you to our God with ease wherever we are with both voice and song. It shows others how much we are happy and thankful for all that God has done in both good times and difficult times too.

   So we encourage you to learn to sing with your happy voice the many ways you are thankful to God for all that He has given you. Some of us might even be like King David who can write songs, and some of us may have beautiful song voices, but even if we cannot be as talented as another, we each can sing and say thank you aloud for God’s many ways of blessing our lives!

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Esphesians 5:19,20 Enjoy growing up while thanking Christ Jesus!

C.Fritz

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