Saturday, November 27, 2010

Much Obliged

Don't you just love it, when something unexpectedly "drops in your lap"  ... and you've an opportunity to share that glad news?   When I awoke this morning, my mind began scrolling through (then rejecting) possibilities what to share on Spiritual Sundays.  Then I discovered the following story in my email.   I hope you enjoy!

I believe that thankful people are happy people.

The late Dr. Fulton Oursler used to tell of an old woman who took care of him when he was a child -- a woman who not only expressed her thanks, but felt it. Anna was a former American slave who, after emancipation, was hired by the family for many years.

He remembered her sitting at the kitchen table, her hands folded and her eyes gazing upward as she prayed, "Much obliged, Lord, for my vittles." He asked her what vittles were and she replied that they were food and drink.

He told her that she would get food and drink whether or not she gave thanks, and Anna said, "Yes, we'll get our vittles, but it makes 'em taste better when we're thankful."

She told him that an old preacher taught her, as a little girl, to always look for things to be grateful for. So, as soon as she awoke each morning, she asked herself, "What is the first thing I can be grateful for today?" Sometimes the smell of early-morning coffee perking in the kitchen found its way to her room. On those mornings, the aroma prompted her to say, "Much obliged, Lord, for the coffee. And much obliged, too, for the smell of it!"

Young Fulton grew up and left home. One day he received a message that Anna was dying. He returned home and found her in bed with her hands folded over her white sheets, just as he had seen them folded in prayer over her white apron at the kitchen table so many times before.

He wondered what she could give thanks for at a time like this. As if reading his mind, she opened her eyes and gazed at the loving faces around her bed. Then, shutting her eyes again, she said quietly, "Much obliged, Lord, for such fine friends."

Oursler was deeply influenced by Anna's uncanny ability to always find some reason to be "much obliged."

This wise woman taught him a secret that many people have never learned: she taught him how to be happy.

-- Steve Goodier


  1. Love this story! Hope that you are keeping well,


  2. Hi Mevely317,

    I enjoyed reading this post of Anna and Fulton Oursler. This is my first visit to your post and I found words of comfort and encouragement. Learning to be thankful, a wonderful way to live.

    Blessings and peace.


  3. Great story - happiness is a learned action. sandie

  4. I love this story....much obliged Mevely for posting it...☺

  5. This story touched my heart.
    God Bless,

  6. love this story...truly beautiful!

  7. Loved this post! I'm much obliged to have read it!

  8. Wonderful! Wonderful story. In many ways we are an ungrateful people. We forget to thank God and we even forget to say "Thank you" to one another. We are rude and lack civility. Basic human courtesy is vanishing from our lives. First of all we need to get back to being grateful to God.

  9. What a great story and a good lesson for all of us to learn. :-)

    Thank You Mevely


  10. Wonderful!!!
    I'm trying to get caught up reading some favorite blogs, and I'm SO GLAD you posted this.

    I love the part about waking up and thinking about what would be the first thing that she was thankful for that day.

    Loved this.

  11. That was lovely. Have a blessed day.

  12. So beautiful, thank you for sharing.Blessings, What a wonderful lesson for me.

  13. Love this story. It is so appropriate for this Thanksgiving season too. Much obliged to you for sharing with us each week.


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