Give Me a Grateful Heart O Lord!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?  What are you “on your knees” for as you look back on 2017?

The early settlers in Plymouth were on their knees for the abundant harvest that assured them they wouldn’t starve during the coming winter. This first Thanksgiving set the tone down through the years for an “attitude of gratitude” that we will once again experience this coming Thursday as we sit down to a feast of plenty.

Here are a few things we should all be on our knees giving thanks to God for this year. Feel free to add your own.

First of all, God Bless America, land that I love, stand beside her and guide her in the coming year.  We live in the most compassionate, God loving country in the world……a real beacon of freedom for those yearning to be free. As 1 Chronicles 16: 34 says “Give thanks to the Lord who is good: whose love endures forever.”

Thanksgiving is a day of feasting and merriment as families enjoy a hearty meal of turkey with all the trimmings.  Families have their own unique, sometimes quirky ways of celebrating the day.  But many times what makes it special is how multi-generational it is with great grandparents down to tots sitting around the table.  This is a good time to go around the table and have each person share one thing they are grateful for.

Thanksgiving happens once a year but perhaps we could pay it forward with a capital “T”.  Let the “attitude of gratitude” be expressed two or three times a week in your home by acknowledging what you are grateful for.  Have family members share at least one good thing that happened to them that day or week.

Meister Eckhart said,”if the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough”.  Do you agree?


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