Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Sometimes preachers have thoughts during their sermons that did not occur to them during the preparation time. It happened to me several years ago on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. As expected, I was preaching on being thankful, using the example of the one leper out of ten who returned to thank Jesus for healing (Luke 17:11-19), when I suddenly departed from my notes and suggested the folks think of three people for who they were thankful, then tell them of their thankfulness in the next three days, before Thanksgiving Day. Later that day, the thought hit me that I too, should take this advice. Thus, began an annual Thanksgiving week tradition for me. Unknown to me, one of the people I thanked that first year was a relative of a man who was in the congregation where I first offered the suggestion. The Sunday following Thanksgiving, that man, thanked me for practicing what I preached. I was sure glad I responded to my own suggestion. How about you? Are there people you need to thank this week? May I suggest you do so?