Helen Keller is quoted as saying that “So much has been given to me that I have no time to ponder that which I don’t have.”. This would certainly be considered a thoughtful quote from nearly anyone who spoke it, but it’s even more powerful from this woman.
At 19 months of age, Keller contracted an unknown illness described by doctors as “acute congestion of the stomach and the brain”, which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left her both deaf and blind. She lived, as she recalled in her autobiography, “as one at sea in a dense fog.”
Ultimately under the resourceful coaching of Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired, Helen would learn to communicate using hand signs and gestures. She never saw the spender of a sunrise, nor was she moved by a chorus of a song, she never heard the voice of a loved one, but she saw the greatness of God, and heard his call to service, and was thankful.
Someone once said, “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” This Sunday we’ll stop and take a look at how important it is to be thankful.