Of Thanksgiving and Balance Sheets

Craig Barnes of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania has a great prayer in the form of a blog post that begins:

“I doubt that this was your idea, Holy Creator, but we have a great love for balance sheets.  We want to ensure that we have received as much as we have given.  It bugs us if we are giving more than we get back in our relationships and work.”

I don’t consider myself “a numbers guy,” but I have to admit that I have a great love for balance sheets and I almost always feel resentful that I’m giving more than I’m getting. One of the best things that I can do this Thanksgiving Day is to add up only the side of the balance sheet that records what I have received and to give thanks for all of God’s good gifts.