Archive for Monday, November 21, 2011

Pastor’s corner: Mike Bronson

November 21, 2011

The day before Thanksgiving a father in Kansas City called his son in New York.

“I know this is out of the blue, but your mother and I are divorcing,” the father said. “Forty years of her is enough. Call your sister in LA and tell her.”

The son called his sister.

She blew up.

“Over my dead body are they divorcing,” the sister said in a phone call to her father. “You two are not divorcing. Don’t do a thing until my brother and I get there tomorrow.” The dad hung up. He turned to his wife and said, “It’s taken care of. The kids are flying in for Thanksgiving and we don’t have to pay for it.”

Are you thankful? We are usually moved to gratitude when we see the plight of others. Erma Bombeck told the story of an 8-year-old who had cancer. When asked what she wanted for her birthday she said, “I don’t know. I have two sticker books and a Cabbage Patch doll. I have everything.”

When we see others worse off, it fosters gratitude. However, if that’s what it takes to generate gratitude, what happens when the day comes when you’re the one who is worse off?

We compare and feel grateful but true gratitude is NOT being thankful — you have things others don’t have. It’s being grateful for the greatest gift ever given — Jesus Christ. He alone offers eternal life. When you surrender your life to Him, He will give you eternal life. Then you are rescued (Col 1:13) “from the domain of darkness, and transferred ... to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” I am thankful for Him!

— The Rev. Mike Bronson is pastor at

West Haven Baptist Church in Tonganoxie.

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