Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Gratitude

In this season of thanksgiving, I wish to offer thanks & gratitude for bountious blessings bestowed on my family. Even in loss, there lingers a fragrant peace, assurance of God's presence & hope for the future. Blessings to you & yours~

One of my blogging friends had a thoughtful post a few days back about gratitude. She included some quotes definitely worth sharing. I found a few more to share as well. Thanks & credit to write at home

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melodie Beattie

Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
Charles E. Jefferson(1860 - 1937)

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
Jacques Maritain, Reflections on America, 1958 French diplomat & philosopher (1882 - 1973)

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G.K. Chesterton

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
Albert Schweitzer

Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
Alfred Painter

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. H. U. Westermayer

4 comments:

Randy said...

Good stuff Carm! It's good to think about things we're thankful for.

Carol said...

Nice post, Carmen, and thanks for the personal reference. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Gracie girl. May you be blessed as you count your blessings.

Love,

Carol

Shirley Buxton said...

Carmen, I only today found your post through a link at Carol's blog, and I have enjoyed reading here tremendously.

I wish you and your family every blessing and joy.

Shirley Buxton
www.writenow.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Carmen (longtime friend--though distance separates): Great post! I saw this BEFORE Thanksgiving, but ONLY NOW figured out how to make comments on blogspot. (It's more detailed than it is on wordpress.com). Up at my brother John's in-law's church in Wausau, WI (where now my former Pastor is pastoring--the Hilderbrands), someone once gave the testimony at Thanksgiving time that has "stuck with me," and I remember every Thanksgiving: "When you're a Christian, EVERY DAY is a day of Thanksgiving." SO TRUE, isn't it?! God Bless!