By Dave Eitland
Grace Stewardship Ministry Team
We think about gratitude as the first step in a spiritual practice of giving ourselves, our time, and our possessions. We are thankful for all things when we know that all things come from God. God has blessed us on our journey through with our life, talent, and financial resources. Gratitude is a core belief of the Christian disciple based in love and recognition of God’s love for us.
In 1971, the United Nations declared September 21st as World Gratitude Day for a time for everyone to reflected on what they are thankful. Here’s what others have said about a life of gratitude …
“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or them with gratitude.” – G. K. Chesterton.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord for God is good, and God’s mercies endure forever.” – Psalm 107:1
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou
“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life. “ – Joel Osteen
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
We ask you to reflect on what God has given you and those things for what you are grateful.
A gratitude green card was mailed to you. If you did not receive it, it is available on-line at the parish website or hard copy at the church. When you worship this weekend, we ask you to place your completed card into the offering plate as it is given in thanks and praise to God. These cards will be displayed in the parish hall for the next weeks on the Gratitude Wall. Stop by and read what others say about Gratitude.
“I thank God daily for my wife, my daughter, my faith, my parish, my calling, and my dog.” – Dave Eitland