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The Grumble Family: a faith based story from the Story Powerline
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 by Anonymous

There’s a family nobody likes to meet,

They live, it is said, on Complaining Street,

In the city of Never-Are-Satisfied,

The river of Discontent beside.

They growl at that and they growl at this,

Whatever comes there is something amiss;

And whether their station be high or humble,

They are known by the name of Grumble.

 

The weather is always too hot or cold,

Summer and winter alike they scold;

Nothing goes right with the folks you meet

Down on that gloomy Complaining Street.

They growl at the rain and they growl at the sun,

In fact, their growling is never done.

And if everything pleased them, there isn’t a doubt

They’d growl that they’d nothing to grumble about!

 

But the queerest thing is that not one of the same

Can be bought to acknowledge his family name,

For never a Grumbler will own that he

Is connected with it at all, you see.

And the worst thing is that if anyone stays

Among them too long he will learn their ways,

And before he dreams of the terrible jumble

He’s adopted into the family of Grumble.

 

So it were wisest to keep our feet

From wandering into Complaining Street;

And never to growl, whatever we do,

Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers, too.

Let us learn to walk with a smile and song,

No matter if things do sometimes go wrong,

And then, be our station high or humble,

We’ll never belong to the family of Grumble!

Have you ever noticed

that when people don’t know what to talk about in a social setting, a lot of them simply start complaining about something?

What the Bible says

“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23 NIV).

Today’s prayer

Help me to look for things to be thankful for today even when I am feeling down or scared or irritated. And help me to express thanks because there is always something good in my life. Amen

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