The deeper our gratitude, the harder it is to find the words to express, so borrow these:
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. --Colossians 3:16-17
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity….It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melody Beattie
Concentrate on finding what is good in every situation and you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
– Rabbi Harold Kushner
Whatever we are waiting for—peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance—it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
– Ellen Vaughn
Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an act of praise.
It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Gratitude is like a flashlight. If you go out in your yard at night and turn on a flashlight, you suddenly can see what’s there. It was always there, but you couldn’t see it in the dark.
– Dawna Markova
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude on those who have lighted the flame within us.
– Albert Schweitzer
In relation to others, gratitude is good manners; in relation to ourselves, it is a habit of the heart and a spiritual discipline.
– Daphne Rose Kingma
This is what binds all people and all creation together—the gratuity of the gift of being.
– Matthew Fox
Gratitude has to do with feeling full, complete, adequate—we have everything we need and deserve; we approach the world with a sense of value.
– Emmet Miller
Gratitude is the best feeling I would ever have, the ultimate joy of living. –Lewis Smedes
As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever-expanding circles around a steady center.
– Brother David Steindl-Rast
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
– Lydia Child
Before we can count we are taught to be grateful for what others do. As we are broken open by our experience, we begin to be grateful for what is, and if we live long enough and deep enough and authentically enough, gratitude becomes a way of life.
– Mark Nepo
At each level of gratitude our soul’s capacity deepens, starting with contentment to meaningfulness, and finally, to pure joy. –MJ Ryan
Mature prayer always breaks into gratitude.
– Richard Rohr
Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
– G.K. Chesterton
The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
– Denis Waitley
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.
-- Johannes A. Gaertner
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
In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude.
– Thomas Erskine
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
– Margaret Cousins
To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind word that will stand behind the action. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
-- Albert Schweitzer
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
– David O. McKay
Ask much of us, expect much from us, enable much by us, encourage many through us.
(prayer during worship at Trinity)
In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.
- Rick Warren
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are steeped in hurt. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of complaint. Begin by thank Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise; thus you will find their numbers grow wonderfully, and in the same proportion, will your subjects of murmuring and complaining diminish, until you see in everything, cause for Thanksgiving.
- P. Maurice
In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
-- Albert Clark
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every person has plenty; not on your misfortunes of which all people have some.
- Charles Dickens
Gratitude goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. 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, a gift to be celebrated with joy.
- Henry Nouwen
Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.
–The Hausa of Nigeria
It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
True gratitude does not depend upon material possessions. It is enriched by accepting the bad with the good. It increases with giving more than with receiving. It flourishes at the moment that we realize that God’s grace is over us and around us, and that nothing can separate us from God's loving grace. We rejoice, not because of all the good things in our lives (although we should not fail to do that), but because in grace our names are written in Heaven.
-- Luke 10:20