Greetings, and welcome to the web page of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. Many of you reading this will have either been on your Summer vacation, others are about to commence theirs. If you are about to commence your holiday, please take care, and do enjoy a time of rest and relaxation. One of the most frequent topics of conversation seems to surround the pace by which time is passing by and the fact that we are now entering the later part of the year. Just to cheer you up, we are less than six weeks away from seeing Christmas Cards on sale in our shops! In the midst of the hectic pace of life, it is so easy to forget the times in which we are on the receiving end of simple acts of kindness. This set me thinking about the topic of ‘GRATITUDE’.

Recently, I experienced a bit of a health scare and found myself admitted to the A&E ward of our local hospital. I underwent certain tests mainly to eliminate the possibility of a certain condition. They were satisfied that this did not present itself as a major health issue and I was able to go home. Following this incident, I received cards and small gifts from family and friends, and members of the congregation I serve here at Elim Christian Centre, Glossop. I was greatly moved by this and found myself expressing profound ‘Gratitude’ for these acts of kindness.
I looked up the dictionary definition of the word ‘Gratitude’:-

‘A FEELING OF BEING GRATEFUL FOR GIFTS OR FAVOURS’!

The story is told of the great Theologian Matthew Henry and serves to help us understand this principle of ‘Gratitude’:-

Matthew Henry, the famous Bible Scholar, was once accosted by thieves
and robbed of his wallet. He wrote this in his diary; ‘Let me be thankful
first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my
wallet, 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 someone else’!

We need to be grateful for even the basic blessings of life that we so often take for granted, and to thank God for His faithfulness and provision that He extends to us on a daily basis.