O tender God, you gave me more, much more than I ever thought to ask for.
I realize that our human desires can never really match what you long to give us.
Thanks, and again, thanks, O God, for having granted my petitions, and that which I never realized I needed or petitioned.
-Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and give thanks for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.
When in the course of the daily hunt, the hunters come upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful or sublime – a black thundercloud with a rainbow’s arch above the mountain, a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge, a vast prairie tinged with the blood-red of the sunset, they pause for an instant in an attitude of worship.
They see no need for setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, for all days are God’s days.
Ohiyesa- (Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman) Santee Sioux (1858-1939)
These two spiritual writers from different centuries and opposite sides of the world express our need to make gratitude a part of our everyday life. They convey God’s awareness of all our needs. In this month of Thanksgiving, let us express our gratefulness to the God who made our beautiful planet and for the God who created our bodies. This God is ever aware of our needs and generously loves and cares about us in all our circumstances.
May you live in gratitude and peace,
Pastor Linda Miles