IN NEED OF A GRATITUDE ADJUSTMENT
Psalms 103 & 107
November 19, 2017 … Thanksgiving Sunday
Johnny Carson once quipped, “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then they discover once a year is way too often!”
The ubiquitous Butterball Turkey Hotline has been talking persons off the turkey-baking ledge for nearly 35 years. This year they will field over 200,000 calls from panicked chefs, many of whom are a few shrimp short of a cocktail. Here are a few of the weirder conversations the helpers have had:
- When a Talk-Line staffer asked a caller what state her turkey was in (meaning how thawed was it) the caller responded with “Florida”.
- Another gentleman called to tell the operator he cut his turkey in half with a chain saw and wanted to know if the oil from the chain would adversely affect the turkey.
- A disappointed woman called wondering why her turkey had no breast meat. After a conversation with a Talk-Line operator, it became apparent that the woman’s turkey was lying on the table upside down.
- A giddy new father called the hotline a few hours after his wife had given birth to their first child. He was concerned that their turkey had been thawing for too long in the fridge while he was at the hospital. When the hotline-staff inquired how much it weighed, he replied, “7 lbs., 4 oz…and she was 21 inches long with a healthy set of lungs!”
Friends, in spite of the stressful baking and the stressful relatives, Thanksgiving is still a most cozy, enjoyable unique day. And in my estimation, it is the most Christian holiday we celebrate in America.
And yet, I also believe thanksgiving is a lifestyle, a particular way of looking at the world around us. It is an attitude of gratitude, and perhaps there are times when you and I need a gratitude adjustment. For you see….