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Edward Spencer was a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, and also a member of a life-saving squad during his school years. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue seventeen passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever bothered to thank him.

Worse than being merely discourteous, these people displayed a gross lack of gratitude. Especially as believers, we need to be aware that gratitude opens up our lives for God's will to be done in and through us.

One of My favorite holidays of the year is Thanksgiving because its beginning and its history have a single purpose: to stop and express thanks. However, gratitude is actually to be a 24-7 attitude...not just a one-day holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.

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