Be thankful you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~Author Unknown


For what, or whom, are you grateful in these strange, uncertain, and mostly-in-the-house, days?

What moments of thankfulness have surprised you recently?

How might you, like the author above, turn a so-called negative into a positive?

What connections do you find between gratitude and healing?

Rev. Craig
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November 22, 2020
Service on YouTube
Special Multigenerational Community Hour at 10:30am

Let Gratitude Heal You: A Multigenerational Service of Thanks-giving

Rev. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech
 
On gratitude, the poet David Whyte writes, “being unappreciative might mean we are simply not paying attention.” In shifting our attention, in being present to everything that comes together each time we draw breath, we open ourselves to a gratitude that can heal us. Let us gather in an expressly intergenerational way and live, together, into our thankfulness.

Music: Louise Chernosky, Elaine Held, Edna Larsen, Paul Vallin, Virtual Uke Project

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