Thanksgiving Potpourri

Thank you for...

...the mess to clear up after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

...a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

...the taxes I pay, because it means I have an income.

...the lady behind me in church who sings off key, because it means I can hear.

...the alarm that goes off in the morning, because it means that I'm alive.

...getting too much e-mail, because I have friends who are thinking of me."

‒ via Rev. Felix A. Lorenz, Jr.
Northville, MI

"Sir Moses Montefiore, the Hebrew philanthropist, had as his family motto, 'Think and Thank.' Hans Kung, the German theologian, tells us why. In 'Signposts for the Future' Kung writes that thank and think were originally the same word. In the old Anglo-Saxon language thankfulness meant thinkfulness. To think is to thank. Both come from the same root word. Thus thinking brings forth gratitude."

‒ via Rev. James A. Gillespie
Charleroi, PA

"The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, to be celebrated with joy."

‒ Henri Nouwen

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