October 19

Reflection

We give thanks to God always for all of you,
1 Thes. 1:1-5b

The people in our lives are among our greatest gifts. Sometimes the distractions of modern life have simply made it all too easy not to be aware of it. Sometimes they are so familiar to us that we take their goodness for granted. Yet, they are those who have given us moral and emotional support at significant points in our lives. Every relationship teaches us something about loving, trusting, forgiving, taking care of ourselves, and taking care of each other. They are those who have loved us best and most unconditionally. A sense of gratitude is the glue that holds relationships together. The significant people in our lives are among our greatest blessings.

Prayer

I give thanks to God always for all of you.

Action

Think of those in your life for whom you should give thanks. Express your gratitude in whatever ways are appropriate.

Suggested Reading

We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers,
unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love
and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before our God and Father,
knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God,
how you were chosen.
1Thes.1:1-5b

Notice when you say or someone near you says “Thank you.” Think of those two words as a signpost to the spiritual world.
Lewis Richmond

Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted.
David Steindl-Rast

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
Ralph Marston

Love is not just tolerance. It’s not just distant appreciation. It’s a warm sense of, ‘I am enjoying the fact that you are you.’
N. T. Wright

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Massieu

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
John F. Kennedy

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