November 23

Thanksgiving Day

Reflection

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. It is the awareness that having come into this world with nothing, we have received everything. It is having eyes open to see the love of the family into which we were born and of the friends we have made. Gratitude enables us to live in wonder at the world revealed by our senses, the amazing capacity of our minds, the yearnings of our spirits, the richness of our own giftedness. It is the understanding that we live in this time, in this place, with these people and these blessings. Gratitude is much more than setting aside one day to be thankful. It is a way to experience life, to be constantly surprised, and to believe that all these good things come from the God who is the source of all. It is the ability to say “thank you” and to take nothing and no one for granted.

Prayer

Praise to you, O God. Let all creation sing your praise!

Thank you for the new day.
Thank you for this work.
Thank you for this family.
Thank you for our daily bread.
Thank you for this storm and the moisture it brings to a parched earth.
Thank you for the corrections that bring me to growth.
Thank you for the bank of crown vetch that brings color to the hillside.
Thank you for pets that bind us to nature.
Thank you for the necessities that keep me aware of your bounty in my life.
Joan Chittister

Action

In the midst of today’s celebration, find time to remember and give thanks. Try to live in the spirit of gratitude.

Suggested Reading

Always give thanks to God for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 

 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the God who is good; for God’s steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 118:28-29

Gratitude is the alleluia to existence, the praise that thunders through the universe as tribute to the ongoing presence of God with us even now.
Joan Chittister

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.
Ray Stannard Baker

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
W. Clement Stone

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
Robert Caspar Lintner

 Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
Theodore Roosevelt

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
John Milton

Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
Maya Angelou

Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends.
Benjamin Franklin

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Terri Guillemets

 

 

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