Giving Thanks a Thousand, Including God

Last Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, A.J. Jacobs wrote a tribute to his freshly brewed cup of coffee.

He realized as he was drinking the morning treat that he was greatly enjoying it, and that he should thank the person who had prepared it for him, which he proceeded to do.

Then, as he thought about what goes in to making this common morning drink, he said: "I pledged to thank every person who had even the smallest role in making my cup of coffee a reality: the barista, the farmer and everyone in between."

He thanked the driver of the truck which brought the beans to the coffee shop; the paver of the road's asphalt on which the truck traveled and the person who striped the road, making it safe; and the paint makers;

He thanked the pest control workers in the warehouse which stored the coffee; the cup makers and the lid makers for the cups; the special machine tools which made the lids;


He travelled to Colombia to thank the coffee bean farmer; the maker of the depulping machine from Brazil; the auto workers who assembled the farmer's pickup truck.

Back in the states, he found the water purifiers in New York, plus the chemists, engineers, and other workers who keep the water supply safe, as well as the steel workers who made the machines which made the bridges and the trucks.

In the end, as he searched the globe for all who were involved with his cup of coffee, he thanked over 1,000 people.

His exercise has become a book entitled "Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey."

I haven't read the book yet, but the concept is a fine one. It is always nice to receive a grateful acknowledgement. Yet in the entire excerpt from his book, he omitted one thank you.

He failed to acknowledge in any steps of the coffee bean's journey the God from whom ALL blessings flow. The essay was about all of the aspects of HIS enjoyment, from the barista to the Colombian bean. But the Creator of that coffee bean from planting to brewing receives no praise.

Our donations form a gift chain of gratitude, too.

They come from talents and hard work and savings accounts accumulated over many years. As the offering plate is passed, you might enter into the same exercise as Mr. Jacobs. Your resources come from a thousand worldwide links, all applied for you to help those who need them. In this way, you are following the Will of God.

May we give with gratitude and joy on this Sunday before Thanksgiving.