1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
On one occasion Matthew Henry had his wallet stolen. He grieved, but he also knew that he ought to give thanks “in every thing.” In a meditation on the robbery and the robber he penned the following words in his diary;
“Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”
“Afflictions are sent to bring us to our Bibles and to our knees. Thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better” (Matthew Henry 1662-1714).