Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday Thinking - About Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving isn’t just a way of being a bit less grumpy and a bit more cheerful. It is a habit of the heart which indicates the nature and particular shape of the worldview. It is closely associated with joy, which for Paul is one of the primary signs of the Spirit’s work.”
––N. T. Wright, from Paul and the Faithfulness of God

“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves--that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.”
― N.T. Wright

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
–– Thomas Merton

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” 
–– G.K. Chesterton

"Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song."
––Psalm 95:2

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
––1 Chronicles 16:34

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