"Did I Leave Anyone Out?" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


I was told a story about a Thanksgiving meal where a family was seated around the table, looking at the turkey. Each one was asked to express his gratitude in prayer, from the oldest to the youngest. When they came to the 5-year-old in the family, he looked at the turkey and expressed his thanks to the turkey, saying he knew it would be good.

He then began with a long line of credits, thanking his mother for preparing the turkey and his dad for buying the turkey. But then he went a step further.

The child prayed, “I thank you for the checker at the grocery store who checked out the turkey. I thank you for the grocery store people who put it on the shelf. I thank you for the farmer who made it fat. I thank you for the man who made the feed. I thank you for those who brought the turkey to the store.”

He traced the turkey all the way from its beginning to his plate. And finally at the end he said, “Did I leave anybody out?” His older brother, who was slightly embarrassed by all this, said, “Yeah - - God.” Without any hesitation, the 5-year-old said, “I was about to get to him.”

Maybe that is the question that we should think about today. Are we finally going to get around to God this Thanksgiving? The Apostle Paul wrote, “In everything give thanks.” (I Thess. 5: 18)


Let’s make this Thanksgiving a special day, a day of true Thanksgiving to our Creator and Redeemer and Sustainer.