Why be Thankful: 5

I was reminded of the following at service last Sunday:

Matthew Henry, famous Presbyterian minister in the British Isles three centuries ago, got mugged and robbed. That night he recorded this prayer of thanksgiving in his journal: “I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.”

As homage to one who had a remarkable capacity to see things from a divine perspective, I offer this weak reflection of the same in light of the health care reform shenanigans.

“I thank You that I have been able to select my own doctors until this time of my life; second, because though my government wishes to take more of my money than ever before for the improbable benefit which it will bring to others, it is unlikely that it will take my life outright; third, because although they may take everything which I have, they cannot take my soul; and fourth, because it is I who am being wronged, and not I who am wronging another.”