Besides their commitment to simple living, another word to describe the Amish is thankful. These humble and hard-working people seem to be fully aware of God’s daily blessings. They understand that the clothes they wear, the food they eat, the home they live in and the land they farm are all gifts from above, and they never seem to forget to say thank you.
In restaurants in Amish country, you’ll see the Amish with their families bowing their heads before their meals and praying a quiet and personal prayer of thanksgiving. You’ll hear their gratefulness in their conversations and see their steadfast faith in the gracious way they treat others. Their humble ways show you that they take nothing for granted, not even the smallest or seemingly most insignificant provision.
This Thanksgiving season, we could all learn from the example of the Amish in being just as thankful. It’s so easy in the English world, as the Amish call it, to get caught up in our everyday cares that we forget to give thanks for the many, many blessings that have already come our way. Maybe we could write an old fashioned letter, like the Amish still do, expressing our appreciation to someone who has helped or encouraged us. Gratitude left unspoken doesn’t help anyone. Let’s take the time to pass along our good thoughts.
Not long ago, I saw a sign in an Amish store that said, “What if you woke up tomorrow with only those things that you thanked God for today?”
That’s food for thought this Thanksgiving, isn’t it? We all might want to take a second helping of that.
Living gratefully—the Amish are good examples of that.
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.”
Psalm 136:1 KJV
Martha Bolton is an Emmy nominated former staff writer for Bob Hope, and the author of 89 books, including two Amish novels Josiah for President and The Home Game. She is also the Playwright for Blue Gate Musicals, which currently has productions at The Star Theater in Sugar Creek, Ohio, The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana, and the Bird in Hand Stage in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania. Martha’s second novel, The Home Game, was just awarded the Golden Scroll Merit Award for Fiction. Her latest book, Can I Just Hide in Bed ‘Til Jesus Comes Back? released this year.