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Thanksgiving: Developing a Heart of Thankfulness

November 27, 2019 Season 1 Episode 30
Sermon Podcast
Thanksgiving: Developing a Heart of Thankfulness
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Sermon Podcast
Thanksgiving: Developing a Heart of Thankfulness
Nov 27, 2019 Season 1 Episode 30
Fr. Brian, Thanksgiving Service (Wednesday Night)

Mark Tiss of Webster, New York, describes an experience from his college days.  An old man showed up at the back door of the house we were renting.  Opening the door a few inches, we saw his eyes were glassy and his furrowed face glistened with silver stubble.  He clutched a wicker basket holding a few unappealing vegetables.  He bid us good morning and offered his produce for sale.  We were uneasy enough that we made a quick purchased to alleviate both our pity and our fear.

To our chagrin, he returned the next week, introducing himself as Mr. Roth, the man who lived in the shack down the road.  As our fear subsided, we got close enough to realize it wasn’t alcohol but cataracts that marbleized his eyes.  On subsequent visits, he would shuffle in wearing two mismatched right shoes, and pull out a harmonica.  With glazed eyes set on a future glory, he’d puff out gospel tunes between conversations about vegetables and religion.

On one visit, he exclaimed, “The Lord is so good!  I came out of my shack this morning and found a bag full of shoes and clothing on my porch.”

“That’s wonderful, Mr. Roth!” we said.  “ We’re happy for you”.

“You know what’s even more wonderful?” he asked.  “Just yesterday I met some people that could really use them.”

Show Notes

Mark Tiss of Webster, New York, describes an experience from his college days.  An old man showed up at the back door of the house we were renting.  Opening the door a few inches, we saw his eyes were glassy and his furrowed face glistened with silver stubble.  He clutched a wicker basket holding a few unappealing vegetables.  He bid us good morning and offered his produce for sale.  We were uneasy enough that we made a quick purchased to alleviate both our pity and our fear.

To our chagrin, he returned the next week, introducing himself as Mr. Roth, the man who lived in the shack down the road.  As our fear subsided, we got close enough to realize it wasn’t alcohol but cataracts that marbleized his eyes.  On subsequent visits, he would shuffle in wearing two mismatched right shoes, and pull out a harmonica.  With glazed eyes set on a future glory, he’d puff out gospel tunes between conversations about vegetables and religion.

On one visit, he exclaimed, “The Lord is so good!  I came out of my shack this morning and found a bag full of shoes and clothing on my porch.”

“That’s wonderful, Mr. Roth!” we said.  “ We’re happy for you”.

“You know what’s even more wonderful?” he asked.  “Just yesterday I met some people that could really use them.”

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