~Marianne Williamson Replace fear with gratitude, and the whole world changes. In truth, I must repeat with particular emphasis that we are most profoundly grateful to you, since you have taught us gratitude in word and deed. One day, there was great commotion outside the Elders cell: two swallows had started a fierce fight with each other! Anonymous You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied. One of the characteristics of the last days is a lack of thanksgiving, according to 2 Timothy 3:2. Matthew Henry Biography Resources How rich is anyone who can simply see human faces. Truly, we have an abundant life John 10:10 , and gratefulness is fitting. ~Kak Sri, November 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on If you have lived, take thankfully the past.
How, indeed, is it possible for Christians, who are deemed worthy of the greatest giftthat is, of being members of the Body of Christ, to be unaware that gratitude is the fundamental hallmark of Orthodox spirituality and an indispensable element of our Christian identity? One day, the Elder went outside, either to marvel at God in His works or to pray in silence. The whelp at once regained its sight. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Maureen McCullough Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. ~Cynthia Ozick Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. ~ Animal Crossing: Wild World Nintendo video game written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. John Chrysostomos, Homily 8 on Colossians, 2, Patrologia Græca, Vol.
~Estonian Proverb Whatever Juice this sky will pour this gaping parched old throat will drain; What time the Harper harps I'll dance: 'tis He, not I, who shall complain. In contrast, the thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It is the emotional expression of appreciation for what is present in your life. ~Richard Carlson, Celebrate Your Child: The Art of Happy Parenting, 1992 Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. 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. My God, I have never thanked Thee for my 'thorn! Mencken Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. Whenever we get too attached to the sign, we lose our grasp on the God who gave it to us.
~Henry Ward Beecher Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. Homily 15, On Faith, 1, Patrologia Græca, Vol. Matthew, 3-4, Patrologia Græca, Vol. Cyprian and Justina in Fili, Greece, and Secretary of the Holy Synod in Resistance. Or being passed over at work. But once you have it, it empowers you.
He brought us from non-being in being; He dignified us with reason; He provided us with crafts to help sustain our lives; He causes food to spring up from the earth; He has given us cattle to serve us. If that is the basis of your gratitude, you are on slippery ground. But let us be thankful not for our own blessings alone, but also for those of others; for in this way we shall be able both to destroy our envy and to reinforce our love and make it more genuine. He lovingly took the injured bird in his hands and rescued it; as a result of his nursing, it survived. ~Terri Guillemets Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.
Henry Ward Beecher Archives Oh what a happy soul am I although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world contented I shall be. Basil the Great, is by nature implanted in all rational creatures. One is as though nothing is a miracle. In the midst of hardship, David remembers who God is and, as a result of knowing and trusting God, gives thanks. We all know the importance of giving thanks each day. But these were friends of an unusual kind: they were men who had all been unhappy, distressed, helpless, or in debt -- by and large, the outcasts of the world. For, this is what frees us from earth and translates us to Heaven, and makes us Angels instead of men.
~Laura, lnw1, November 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Do not take anything for granted — not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed. . ~William Faulkner The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. The Prophet David examines his own poverty, for he has nothing worthy to give in return for these most sublime and innumerable gifts; St. Nouwen Nouwen Centre Being thankful is not telling God you appreciate the fact that your life is not in shambles. They recognize those who labour during the present and provide for those who will be labouring in the future.
It is gratitude in action. We are thrilled to share with you our 34 favorite thanksgiving quotes! Titus, 1, Patrologia Græca, Vol. And he immediately replies: Yes. But also kind of great and powerful. Gratitude means being thankful to someone for any deed of kindness that anyone has done to you. Author: There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them.
I don't have a chance at becoming king. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. Author: Oh, how very kind and good my heavenly Father has been to me! These horrible, depressing times of life? Gossip Brief Biography Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life; meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God's goodness, as if you had seen it, and all things, new-created upon your account: and under the sense of so great a blessing, let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a Creator. ~Thornton Wilder Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. I cannot and I won't. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. Author: He that hath deserved hanging may be glad to escape with a whipping.
Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. He brought us from non-being into being, bestowed upon us both body and soul, made us rational creatures, gave us the air to breathe, brought forth the entire creation for the sake of mankind, and willed that man should enjoy a state of Paradise from the very beginning and have a life free from any pain or toil, and that he be not one whit inferior to the Angels and the Bodiless Powers, and, though in the body, not subject to bodily needs Homily 27 on Genesis, 1, Patrologia Græca, Vol. ~Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens Acknowledgments O Infinite Father, I'm grateful to Thee For the moon and the stars and deep rolling sea; For beauties of nature, where e'er they may be. I do not know how it happened, but I once began to invoke the prayers of my Elder and the help of the Panagia, and to ponder on the love and bounties of our Lord to me in my wretchedness. What idle things are wealth and fame Beside the treasures one could name! Homily 19 on Ephesians, 2, Patrologia Græca, Vol. To weep and sigh, because I'm blind? For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.