In 1918 a salesman traveling door to door selling “foot scrapers” stopped at the door of Eric Enstrom, a Minnesota photographer. He looked into the eyes of the salesman and noticed their kindness and was so impressed by the gentleness of the man that he invited him in to eat.
“Come in,” said Enstrom, “I’m ready to sit down to dinner. Join me.” As he walked to the table, an idea struck the photographer. He asked, “Will you please pose for a picture for me?”
“Yes,” answered the salesman and sat down at the table. There was a pair of glasses on a Bible, a bowl of food and a piece of bread. “Would you please bow your head,” and as he did, “the peddler,” without giving thought to what he was doing, immediately began to thank God for what he had been given.
The photograph was taken in 1918 during World War I. Enstrom said he wanted to take the picture to remind people that even though they had to do without many things, they still had much to be thankful for. Enstrom wrote: “Though poor in earthly goods, this man has more of life’s greatest treasures than most.” He called the picture Grace.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to be grateful for all that we have. May we understand and realize that whatever we have, much or little, is because of Your goodness and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18