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Gratitude Illustrations

  • sky raysI asked God to take away my pride,
    And God said, "No."
    He said it was not for Him to take away,
    But for me to give up.

    I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
    And God said, "No."
    He said her spirit is eternal,
    While her body is only temporary.

  • Offering hospitality to a strangerOur house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the clinic.

    One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw. Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."

  • door open to stranger looking for a roomOur house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the clinic.

    One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw. Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've got a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."

  • This video will give you a perspective on gratitude that only a small child could give.