“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” John Henry Jowett
“A ‘successful’ life has become a violent enterprise. We make war on our bodies, pushing them beyond their limits; war on our children, because we cannot find enough time to be with them when they are hurt or afraid, and need our company; war on our spirit, because we are too preoccupied to listen to the quiet voices that seek to nourish and refresh us; war on our communities, because we are fearfully protecting what we have, and do not feel safe enough to be kind and generous; war on earth, because we cannot take time to place our feet on the ground and allow it to feed us, to taste its blessing and gave thanks.” Wayne Muller
“Let me be thankful;
first, because I was never robbed before;
second, although he took my purse, he did not take my life;
third, although he took all I possessed, it was not much;
fourth, it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.”
Matthew Henry, in his diary
“And whatever you do or say,
do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Think about the relationship you have with your body, your children, your soul, your community – and with the earth. How does thankfulness inform these relationships?
- Reread the words of Mathew Henry. Can you imagine yourself in that very situation, and then ask God to “let” you be similarly thankful?
- Must you come to the end of your rope, your strength, and yourself before you remember to call out to God? …to think about giving thanks to God?
“Heavenly Father, when I come to the end of my rope, my strength, myself, I’m finally open to the help you offer. Teach me then, God, the basics of prayer, like ‘help’, ‘please’, and ‘thank you’. In the name of Jesus, amen.” The Heidelberg Catechism
For More: Breathe: Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life by Keri Wyatt Kent
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“I practice daily what I believe; everything else is religious talk.”