November 21, 2016
I am driving from Des Moines to Mt. Pleasant and see the supermoon rise in the east. I can’t tear my eyes away from the wonder of the universe. I am taking a late afternoon walk and am mesmerized by the swirl of intricate cloud patterns, a sunset palette of red, orange, and yellow, and the jet streams of two planes forming a perfect cross in the sky. I am scrambling up a steep mountain trail in Arizona and am awestruck by the stark beauty of the desert. A cardinal sits quietly in the backyard and stares at me as I work at the dining room table. I am grateful.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore
Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an act of praise. Richard Rohr
Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs. Matthew 19:14
God, I am grateful that even when my spirit feels broken and my heart misshapen, you can use me to offer hope to someone else.
Clearly, our Creator loves you dearly, since he gives you gifts so abundantly. So please beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and always sing praise to God. St. Francis speaking to the birds
In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds. Henri Nouwen
The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings. If we refuse to hold them in the hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love. Parker Palmer
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou
The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. John Schaar
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving. May your Thanksgiving celebration be filled with gratitude.