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"Taking Things with Gratitude" - October / November / December 2022

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. It is a time when we are urged to be grateful for our blessings. We need this holiday because it is so easy for us to forget just how blessed we are each day. Being grateful is a key element in happiness and in having a positive, healthy outlook on life. In the book Spiritual Literacy by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussert a chapter titled “Gratitude” contains the following quote: 

“Praise God” says the Hasidic teacher Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. “It puts everything into proper place and perspective.” Gratitude rejoices with her sister joy and is always ready to light the candles and have a party. Gratitude doesn’t much like the old cronies of boredom, despair, and taking-things-for-granted. But they are welcome to the party anyway because we are grateful for everything. Let’s endorse British writer GK Chesterton’s idea of “taking things with gratitude and not taking things for granted.” 

Saying thank you to the Great Provider is only part of a life of gratitude. Another side is revealed by Protestant preacher Elton Trueblood: “I find that the thing which I want to put into practice in my own life is the conscious and deliberate habit of finding somebody to thank.” Say thank you to somebody who least expects it from you today. 

Gratitude paid to all around us becomes a spiritual exercise. Show your gratitude to the music that enchants, to the winter boots that stand up to the wear and tear of the elements, to the movie that brings tears to your eyes. 

All of us have experienced times in our lives that were so precious and special that if it were possible we would have had time stand still so we might live that moment forever. A good time is a taste of God,” affirms John Aurelio, a Catholic priest. 

Feast on the moments that stand out in your mind as precious enough to replay again and again. Now repeat the mantra: “ A good time is a taste of God.” 

During this season of Thanksgiving may you be especially grateful. May you feast on those wonderful moments in your life from the past, as well as the many blessings that are before you and be thankful for having a taste of God.

nd whom we love.”

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,

Rev. Leigh Pezet, Pastor


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