Two grandparents took their three year old to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza, flashing lights, and games. As the grandmother buckled her grandson into the car seat she said, “Now, be sure to say thank you to your Papa.”
Silence. No reaction from the child.
She said, “Did you hear me? Be sure to say thank you.”
She added, “Papa loves doing nice things for his grandchildren, especially when they say thank you.”
Still no response.
Now irritated, she raised her voice saying: “Are you ignoring me?”
The child responded, looked at his grandfather and said: “I’m thankful, Papa. I just don’t want to say it.”
This Sunday, Commitment Sunday, I invite you to say “thank you.” Thank God for your blessings, large and small, by investing in building God’s kingdom in our midst. Because you give, children will learn about Jesus. Because you give, youth will feel encouraged and loved, both inside and outside our walls. Because you give, souls will be nurtured through worship and praise. Because you give, countless lives, near and far, will be touched by the generosity of the people who call Hyde Park Community home.
It has been said that you cannot out give God. Let us respond with grateful, generous, glad hearts to a God who has abundantly blessed us!