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More Thankful than a Turkey

Thanksgiving is almost here. Soon it will time for everybody to get together and chow down on some bird and watch football. Even if football isn’t your thing, you may still check out one of the many parades across the nation or even get together with family and friends to enjoy a feast. There are so many options and even more food. But maybe we are missing something?

Gobbling more than the Gobbler

Allow me to tell you a story. It’s completely fictitious, but it also couldn’t ring more true.

Thomas the Turkey lived in the field,
The hunter chased him, but he refused to yield.

Through the bushes and behind a tree,
Our friend Thomas was determined to be free.

Out of his mouth he gobbled as he ran,
Little did he know this was the hunter’s plan.

He would track the turkey as he let out each sound,
Then when he was cornered the hunter would fire off a round.

Poor Thomas could not get away and gave up his life,
The victorious hunter bagged the bird and took it home to his wife.

Yes, it sounds so horrid and grim,
But the hunter’s wife had a brilliant plan on a whim.

She turned to her dear husband and asked him to take a moment to pray,
To thank God, and even Thomas, for providing for them that Thanksgiving Day.

The hunter realized something that was bigger than the dinner,
It was that being thankful for everything was what made that Turkey Day a winner.

Have fun but remember to be thankful for the big and little things,
Because God’s blessings is what a gracious heart brings.

The End

Sometimes we have to realize that things are bigger than we want to acknowledge them to be, but even the life of a turkey is something special, and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The turkey is almost always the big loser on Thanksgiving Day, but he still does something special in that he joins us together with others and provides a healthy meal. Just remember, Thomas can be bagged and frozen for leftovers, so don’t stuff yourself too much. Thank you for reading and God bless.

1 Thes 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

What are some things that give you a thankful heart?

What are some things you may be overlooking to be thankful about?

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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One comment

  1. Very well put. Thanks giving to us this story to remind us of our blessings and need to be grateful to all the sacrifices made on our behalf. Especially the life of Christ for our salvation.

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