Melody Beattie — Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

Lora Clark — The phone rang…

The phone rang.  It was my friend Annette.  She had been going through a rough time.  “I feel so alone,” she said.  “I’ve even lost God and don’t know how to find him.”  I’d felt the same way once, and told Annette how making a gratitude list had helped.  “Write down the numbers one through fifty down the side of a piece of paper,” I explained.  “Then go back and count the things you’re thankful for.  And remember, it’s not the things you’re supposed to be thankful for, but the things you really are thankful for.”  “Okay then, I’ll give it a try,” Annette said, hanging up.  Not long after, the phone rang again.  It was Annette.  “I found him!” she exclaimed joyfully.
Lora Clark

Pauline Phillips — O, heavenlty Father: we thank thee…

O, heavenly Father: we thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Pauline Phillips