Written by Bill Grandi on November 10th, 2023


The story is told that Oliver Cromwell, an English statesman and widely considered one of the most important figures in the history of the British Isles, coined the phrase “warts and all.” Pictures show him with a very prominent wart between his lower lip and chin. When he was given the title of Lord Protector, it required a portrait be painted of him.  He refused to sit for the portrait unless the painter, Peter Lely, painted him “wart and all.”

The truth is that many of us don’t want to be seen as we are. We want the warts to be hidden.  For us to know what a thankful heart should look like, we have to be open and honest and openly picture it, even it makes us feel uncomfortable. 

Sunday morning, after finding out what a thankful heart should look like, I plan to run a comparison of a thankful heart vs. an ungrateful one. This time, for this purpose, it will be good to compare. Sunday morning I am continuing my series More Than a Holiday as I look at Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, with that theme in mind. So…what does a grateful heart look like? And are some of the negative results of an ungrateful heart?

Please join me Sunday at 9:00 & 10:45 either in person or via live stream.  I would love to see you and meet you in person if possible. If not, let me know you are watching and I will try to contact you. Have a great and grateful weekend.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Cheryl says:

    It was so interesting to read of where the “warts and all” comment came from! I trust the Lord is blessing you in your sermons, Pastor Bill! Your congregation is so blessed to have you.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I thought it was an interesting little “tid bit” to share as well. 🙂 I trust Him to do what He promised Cheryl: His Word will not return void. As for the latter comment? Hmmmm I reckon I’ll never know since I won’t ask! 🙂 🙂