“Giving thanks ALWAYS for ALL THINGS unto God…” —Ephesians 5:20
My mother was a British citizen living in Worester, England during World War 2. I remember her telling me about Hitler’s bombing campaign upon English cities. Many families sent their children to live with friends or relatives in the country in hopes that they would be safe. Those who remained behind sought cover in bomb shelters. Winston Churchill designated my mother’s hometown of Worester to be the seat of an evacuated government in case of mass German invasion.
During the war an English church newspaper published the story of a man and his wife who returned from a night in a bomb shelter to find their home destroyed. The man said, “This morning someone told me that we had lost everything. Its a lie. Thank God, I’ve still got health and strength to carry on with my job. I still have you, my dear, and the children. Thank God, you’re all safe. Hitler hasn’t smashed my faith in the love and wisdom of God. Houses and buildings may be wrecked and ruined, but you and I can still hold on to things which can never be shaken or destroyed.”
“In EVERY THING GIVE THANKS; for this is the will of God” (1 Thess. 5:18). I believe we can all be thankful for the Lord’s blessings in our lives.