"I'm full!" declared Cassie, pushing away from the table.
"Me, too," agreed Elliot. "That turkey was yummy!"
"Would you all like pie now?" asked Mom. "Or would you rather wait until a little later?"
"Later!" everyone chimed in.
Mom began to remove plates and food from the table, and everybody pitched in to help. "Let me pull the rest of the meat off the turkey bones," offered Grandma when the table was cleared.
"Thanks. That will be a big help," said Mom. "I'll put the leftovers away, and you kids can load the dishwasher--and I think you should scrape the plates this time. You'll have to wash some of the pots and pans by hand today, too."
Cassie sighed. "Elliot, you scrape, and I'll rinse," she said quickly, and they got to work. "Oh, Mom," whined Cassie after a bit, "there are so many dishes to do today. I've never liked doing dishes! We'll hardly have any time left to play!"
Grandma smiled. "Oh, I think you'll have plenty of time," she said. "There aren't so many to do by hand. Most of them go in the dishwasher."
"Yes," agreed Mom. "The dishwasher definitely is something to be thankful for!"
"Well, I still don't like dirty dishes," grumbled Cassie.
"Hm-m-m," murmured Mom. "A long time ago I read a little poem that has always stuck with me. I tried to find out who wrote it, but I never did. It goes like this: Thank God for dirty dishes
. . . they have a tale to tell. While other folks go hungry, we're eating very well. We've health and home and happiness and should not fret or fuss, for by this stack of evidence, God's very good to us.'"
"Oh, I like that!" exclaimed Grandma. "Say it again . . . I need to learn
that poem." She looked at Cassie and Elliot. "And you know what, kids?"
she added. "I think you should both learn it, too."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever thanked God for dirty dishes? How about dirty clothes? Maybe you can think of other things that seem annoying but really are a blessing. Perhaps learning the poem in the story above would help you remember that all God gives you is good—and He gives so much! Be sure to thank Him for all things, both big and small.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
*Verse displayed is NKJV