Two angels flew to earth, each carrying a basket.
Wherever anyone stood in prayer, the angels stopped and went in.
Schools, homes, and churches were visited.
Very soon, the basket carried by one of the angels grew heavy with the weight of what he had collected, but that of the other remained almost empty.
Into the first were put prayers of petition. “Please give me this…Please I want that.”
Into the other went “Thank you” prayers.
“Your basket seems very light,” said one angel to the other.
“Yes,” replied the one who carried the “Thank you’s.”
“People are usually ready enough to pray for what they want, but very few remember to thank God for His goodness in granting their requests.”1
God is good, and He demonstrates His goodness through His mercy and kindness.
Psalm 117:2 declares, “His merciful kindness is great toward us.”
The Hebrew word for “great” means “strong.”2
John Greenleaf Whittier said in his poem, “Eternal Goodness:”
“Within the maddening maze of things,
And tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spirit clings:
I know that God is good.
I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.”3
The secret of serene power is “to give yourself to the goodness of God.”4
- Morris Mandel, A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 11379, Copyright 1974, pp. 193 – 194
- C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume Three, Psalm CXL to CL, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 99
- James P. Wesberry, When Hell Trembles and Other Sermons for Revival, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1974, p. 61
- Quote by Cardinal Mercier, Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, Copyright 1938