“O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.”
(Samuel F. Pugh)
One of the greatest sins known to humankind is the sin of complacency. Even the best known “Saints” have found themselves struggling to stay the course in their faith doings and prayers to a God of grace and glory. Even the best among us have experienced “bad news fatigue” to the point of “caring less” for the many who are victims of a society and community that ultimately needs to take responsibility for lifting them up.
It should go without saying that giving thanks daily be a gesture of our will and faith. However, a day for giving thanks is still part of a long-standing tradition that gives us pause to consider the real “heart matters” and the need to acknowledge a God that still provides despite the constant struggle and need for a more just world. Lest we fail to fulfill our role as compassionates or by taking anything for granted; help us to destroy our complacency; bestir our compassion, and be concerned enough to help. Give thanks like you mean it! See ya’ in church.