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Thankfulness

“Thankfulness is a thread that can bind together all the patchwork squares of our lives. Difficult times, happy days, seasons of sickness, hours of bliss — all can be sewn together into something lovely with the thread of thankfulness. Jesus was especially good at doing this.Once he was in a tough situation with a lot of hungry people on his hands, and all he had were five love of bread and two fish. He could have complained that God shouldn’t have expected him to feed five thousand people with so little. But Jesus didn’t write off the loaves and fish as nothing. He noticed what was given and ‘gave thanks’ for it.(Mark 8:6) And in the less-than-perfect-circumstances, God supplied all that was needed. We, like Jesus, have choices about how to respond to what life dishes up.We each have the power to interpret the facts of our lives. We make the choices that turn us into bitter or grateful people. Gratitude is rooted in the reality that, ‘bidden or unbidden, God is present'(Carl Jung).” – Adele Calhoun in her book, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook – Practices that Transform Us, IVP 2015.

 

quilt:  unknown artist, Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, NH, October, 2016.img_2663

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