Celebrating the Gift of God’s Love

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As we gather tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving, I just wanted to share a couple of reflections I encountered concerning thanksgiving or gratefulness recently. The first is from the reflection book “Jesus Calling”.

As you sit quietly in my presence, let Me fill your heart and mind with thankfulness. This is the most direct way to achieve a thankful stance. If your mind needs a focal point, gaze at My Love poured out for you on the cross. Remember that nothing in heaven or on earth can separate you from that Love. This remembrance builds a foundation of gratitude in you, a foundation that circumstances cannot shake. As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. I lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day. Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet. Offer it up to Me with a grateful heart. Receive My Peace as you lie down to sleep, with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind. 

The second is a couple from A Network for Grateful Living, gratefulness.org. You can sign up on their website to receive a Word for the Day email every day.

Gratitude creates a sense of abundance, the knowing that you have what you need. In that climate of sufficiency, our hunger for more abates and we take only what we need, in respect for the generosity of the giver. (Robin Wall Kimmmerer)

There's a self expansive aspect of gratitude. Very possibly it's a little known law of nature: the more gratitude you have, the more you have to be grateful for. (Elaine St. James)

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow, may your heart be filled with gratitude.

Peace, Love, and Blessings

Deacon Richard


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