Thanks-living

By Dorene Kilburn of Stratford, Ontario, Canada

…and you must give thanks unto God in the spirit for whatever blessing you are blessed with; and you must practice virtue and holiness before me continually. Even so. Amen.  Doctrine and Covenants 46:9b, adapted

Thanking people and being thankful to God are important but often neglected. Even when I begin a day resolving to thank and be thankful, I find, when I look back at night, that I missed opportunities.

When a beautiful solo enhances worship service, how often do we thank the soloist for the contribution to the spirit of the service?

Do we thank the person who notices we’re carrying several bags of groceries and opens a door for us? Do we nod or wave a “thank you” to the driver who lets us through a long line of cars to make a left-hand turn?

That “thank you,” an acknowledgement of something that brought us pleasure, convenience, or encouragement, will be appreciated and might even brighten the other person’s day.

We need to be thankful to God—intentionally thankful for the incredible world that has been created for us and the many people from whom we can learn and with whom we can share.

Let us be thankful for the beauty around us, often in unlikely places. It’s easy to see the beauty in a lovely garden or the lush green of rolling hills. But we sometimes miss a single flower growing through a crack in a gray stretch of sidewalk. Let us be a thanks-living community.

Prayer for Peace:

Generous God, forgive us when we complain about what we don’t have and forget to thank you for our many blessings. May we always remember to be aware of and express thanks for kindnesses. May we share gratitude and peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Each day this week prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.     

Peace Covenant:

God, I will take stock of my day and express gratitude to my community.

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  1. MAX MATTHEWS

     /  23 November 2012

    Try saying ‘Thank you……tell your boss you deserve a raise.”….or when someone thanks you……and it happens frequently…..just ell them “there’s no charge for that service.” You may be surprised at the response……or tell them “Thank’s for working on Thanksgiving.” Christmas, whatever.

    AND…thank YOU for reminding me of the many ways to say ‘thank you’ Tell your boss you deserve a raise, MaxMM

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