Giving thanks is so simple, yet so difficult for many of us.
Reasons abound as to why we can give thanks every day, if we choose to do so.
However, what might and usually interferes with our giving is the issue of receiving. We might not want to give if the other person does not receive with grace, does not acknowledge us, does not thank us, and so on.
We become personally attached to what is done with the gift, when received, when used, and, if the receiver does not use the gift according to our specifications, we react by getting angry, by deciding not to give to that person any longer , by making a decision to stop giving. We become reactive and lose our grip on why we gave in the first place.
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Muriella’s Corner salutes the troops and their families and thanks them for their efforts in securing peace.
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Some quotes on thanks and gratitude
Wilbur D. Nesbit
Forever on Thanksgiving Day; The heart will find the pathway home.
Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.
Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Hunter S. Thompson
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt: short enough to rouse the interest, but long enough to cover the essentials.
Egotism – usually just a case of mistaken non-entity.
Fear is the mother of morality.
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies
To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.