A couple weeks ago, I got to share with The Practice why GRATITUDE may be the center of the center of following Christ. In honor of Thanksgiving, here are those thoughts…
“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)
Jesus Christ is inviting every one of us into life to the full. And Gratitude is the very center
of this kind of life. Why? Because God’s Love and Goodness is at the very center of Reality,
and Gratitude helps align us to what is most true.
N.T. Wright says “A sense of astonished gratitude is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.”
Fr Ronald Rolheiser writes ”Sanctity has to do with gratitude. To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude,
nothing more and nothing less.”
Meister Eckhart famously taught “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
Gratitude aligns us with what is most true in the universe: the Love and Abundance of God.
And together, we watched this devastatingly beautiful short film about Ed’s Story. May it encourage and inspire you today. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.