Gratitude is life-giving. It breaks down the walls that isolate us from each other and from our world. To be grateful is to see yourself in relation to what is around you and to understand life as the blessing it is.

Gratitude is the key to a joy-filled life.  As Brother David Steindl-Rast writes, “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

Worship Materials: Thankfulness and Rejoicing

The unthankful get the misery which they have brought upon themselves Nothing liberates the human mind as much as a thankful spirit.

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Thanksgivings Inspired by the Sermon on the Mount

Oh, Source of All Gratitude, help us to be Thankful when we are tested to our limits, stretched beyond belief or relentlessly challenged; for troubled confrontation combined with honest exploration is a gateway to harmonious wisdom.

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Giving Thanks as a Life Changing Dynamic

Jesus was not born into a privileged life. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth and did not live under easy circumstances. But he still lived in gratitude. In fact he made giving thanks for life a foundational dynamic of his teaching. He seemed surprised by other people's inability to live happy, fulfilling lives with little or no gratitude. "Why do you worry so much about what you eat, what you wear?"

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