Tag: gratitude

Psalm 128: Blessed

 June 18, 2020

When asked what was necessary for happiness, Freud didn’t go on a long philosophical discourse. He said “Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is.” He may very well have been referring to Psalm 128. Psalm 128 Another wisdom psalm, Psalm 128’s focus, like Psalm 127, is that happiness comes from fear of […]

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Psalm 103: Renewing Your Youth Like an Eagle

 December 19, 2019

As I’ve been reflecting on Psalm 103, the song from GodSpell based on this psalm, keeps coming back to me, filling my head with music: “O Bless the Lord, my Soul!” (1a, 2a, 22b) There are many reasons to bless the Lord. First among these are God’s mercy and steadfast love, as recounted in Psalm […]

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Season of Gratitude

 October 29, 2018

I love November! Much as I’m aware of the importance of giving thanks throughout the year, I need this time to remind me and help me develop an attitude of gratitude. I need this Season of Thanksgiving, Season of Gratitude! Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for years. It doesn’t require buying a lot of […]

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Thank You for End Times

 November 30, 2017

Season of Gratitude In the end times, at the end of the world, we will be divided into sheep and goats. The Lord tells us so. There will be a judgment. We will be judged by how we treated those who are most vulnerable among us, by our kindness to strangers, the poor and widowed. […]

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Thank You for Apples!

 November 29, 2017

Season of Gratitude Oh, how I love that first bite of a cool, crisp, juicy apple! If I could, I would only have first bites of apples. I’d leave baskets full of partially eaten apples to use as fodder for animals. Others relish the whole apple, down to the core. They don’t stop eating until […]

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Thank You for Community

 November 28, 2017

Season of Gratitude Lord, I am grateful for my children who challenge me to grow in so many ways, who challenge me to be more than I am. Lord, I am grateful for the struggles of married life that challenge me to always be open to new ways of relating. These struggles promote change, growth, […]

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Thank You for the Gift of Acceptance

 November 27, 2017

Season of Gratitude I search in vain for someone to blame. My best intentions have gone astray, left on the wayside to be stepped on by other people’s boots–and my boots, too. If I can’t blame another, maybe I can blame circumstances . . . or God? Though I search for someone–or something–to blame, all […]

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A Bouquet of Flowers!

 November 25, 2017

Season of Gratitude A bouquet of flowers! But . . . they’re so expensive. I leave my thoughts unspoken. You could have spent the money on so many others things: something more practical, gifts more lasting. Flowers fade so quickly! A bouquet of flowers! Why do I find it so difficult to accept the fragrant […]

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What do You Wish For?

 November 24, 2017

Season of Gratitude If I had three wishes, for what would I wish? My wishes have changed from those of my youth. Then, I wished for world peace and for an end to poverty. Money would have been nice too! Money would still be nice, but it’s not essential. How much money can I–one person–spend? […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 November 23, 2017

Season of Gratitude – Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Day, a day to gather with friends and family over a meal. A day set aside specifically to give thanks for the bounties of the year. No gifts to buy and wrap, no costumes to make, none of the pressures and expectations of Christmas–just a meal. What better […]

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