The Critical Thing


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The potency of thankfulness

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THANKFULNESS takes the sting out of adversity. That is why we should give thanks in everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: We give thanks (regardless of our feelings), and God gives us Joy (regardless of circumstances). This is an act of obedience—at times, blind obedience. To people who don’t know God intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Him for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Him in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.

Thankfulness opens your heart to God’s Presence and your thoughts to His thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling us to see from His perspective. It it this Light of His Presence that removes the sting from adversity.

–Adapted from Jesus is Calling

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Grace and gratitude


Grace evokes gratitude
like the voice an echo.
Gratitude follows grace
like thunder lightning.

–Karl Barth

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Powerful and proven

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Giving thanks is dangerous,
it’s igniting and contagious
and otherworldly
and it’s been proven
biblically, scientifically,
to win demon wars.

–Ann Voskamp

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The need to worship


I need to worship because without it I can forget that I have a Big God beside me and live in fear. I need to worship because without it I can forget his calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-preoccupation.

I need to worship because
without it I lose a sense of wonder
and gratitude and plod through life
with blinders on.

I need worship because my natural tendency is toward self-reliance and stubborn independence.

― John Ortberg

God’s handwriting


Never lose an opportunity
of seeing anything that is beautiful,
for beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky,
in every flower, and thank God for it
as a cup of blessing.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 – 1882)

Gifts from God

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who give thanks
are able to rejoice,
for only they
are conscious
that life, freedom
and well-being
are not rights
but gifts.

–Roger Scruton



Artwork: Lynne Henderson

Taking nothing for granted

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To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us–and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful man knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.

–Thomas Merton
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Image: Stephen Darbishire


Essential ingredient

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When a person
doesn’t have gratitude,
something is missing in
his or her humanity.

–Elie Wiese

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Pride slays gratitude

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A proud man is
seldom a grateful man,
for he never thinks he gets
as much as he deserves.

–Henry Ward Beecher
(1813 – 1887)

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Where it starts

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The beginning
of man’s rebellion
against God was,
and is, the lack of
a thankful heart.

–Francis Schaeffer
(1912 – 1984)

Just say thank you

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The life of grace
is simply believing
that Somebody Else
has made it all right, and
you just say thank you
and shut up.

–Robert Farrar Capon

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On the lookout

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Be on the lookout for mercies.
The more we look for them,
the more of them will we see.
Blessings brighten
when we count them.
Out of the determination
of the heart the eyes see.

–Maltbie D. Babcock

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Not enough pens or paper


We need deliberately
to call to mind
the joys of our journey.
Perhaps we should try
to write down the blessings of one day.
We might begin; we could never end;
there are not pens
or paper enough
in all the world.

George A. Buttrick

The root of joy


The root of joy is gratefulness…
It is not joy that makes us grateful;
it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

–David Steindl-Rast

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Without thankfulness

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Life without thankfulness
is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness
is lacking in fine perception.
Faith without thankfulness
lacks strength and fortitude.
Every virtue divorced
from thankfulness
is maimed and limps along
the spiritual road.

–John Henry Jowett

Unlocking life


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life;
it can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.

–Melody Beath

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The miracle

The miracle is not . . .
to cast out demons, heal the sick
and turn multitudes to the faith.
The miracle is to be loved, forgiven,
and accepted by God.

Awe and familiarity

Awe is the condition of a man’s spirit realizing Who God is and what He has done for him personally. Our Lord emphasizes the attitude of a child; no attitude can express such solemn awe and familiarity as that of a child.

—Oswald Chambers
(1874 – 1917)

Why did this happen?

We have no right to ask, 
when a sorrow comes, 
“Why did this 
happen to me?” 
unless we ask 
the same question 
for every joy 
that comes our way.

– Philip E. Berstein

Living with gratitude

When everything we receive from him is received and prized as fruit and pledge of his covenant love, then his bounties (generous gifts), instead of being set up as rivals and idols to draw our heart from him, awaken us to fresh exercises of gratitude and furnish us with fresh motives of cheerful obedience every hour.

–John Newton (1725-1807)

Saying grace for everything

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

–G. K. Chesterton
(1874 – 1936)

The only prayer

If the only prayer
you say in your whole life
is “Thank you”
that would suffice.

–Meister Eckhart (1260 – c. 1328)

Gratitude unlocks life

Gratitude unlocks to fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

–Melody Beattie

The critical thing

When it comes to life
the critical thing is whether
you take things for granted
or take them with gratitude.

  –G. K. Chesterton

Crowded by kindness

Seek to cultivate
a buoyant,
joyous sense
of the crowded
kindnesses of God
in your daily life.
–Alexander MacLaren



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