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TODAY'S THEME: Gratitude: The Story of Naaman

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Naaman, the commander of the army of the king of Aram,
was an eminent man before his master and well honored,
for through him Hashem had granted victory to Aram.
The man was a great warrior -- a leper.

...Naaman came with his horses and chariot and stood at
the entrance of Elisha's house. Elisha sent him a messenger,
saying, "Go and bathe seven times in the Jordan; your flesh
will become normal again and you will be cleansed."

Naaman was enraged and left. He said, "Behold, I said
(to myself) that he would surely come out to me, and stand
and call in the Name of Hashem, his God and wave his hand
over the (diseased) area -- and the leper would be healed! Are
not the Amanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than
all the waters of Israel? Do I not always bathe in them? Have I
become cleansed?" Then he turned and went in a fury.

But his servants approached and spoke to him, and said, "My
father, had the prophet told you to do a difficult thing, would
you not have done it? How much more so (now) that he has told
you "bathe and become cleansed." So he went down and immersed
himself seven times in the Jordan, in accordance with the word of
the man of God, and his flesh became like the flesh of a young boy.

He returned to the man of God, he and his entire retinue. He
arrived and stood before him and said, "Behold, now I know
that there is no God in the whole world except in Israel!"

ll Kings 5: 1, 9-15
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, ltd., 2005


Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
with the lyre celebrate our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
provides rain for the earth,
makes grass sprout on the mountains,
Who gives animals their food
And ravens what they cry for.
God takes no delight in the strength of horses,
no pleasure in the runner's stride.
Rather the Lord takes pleasure in the devout,
those who await his faithful care.

Psalm 147: 7-11
New American Bible

Say thank you until you mean it. Thank God, life, and
the universe for everyone and everything sent your way.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems
into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect
timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn existence
into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and
beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude makes things right.

Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is
no situation or circumstance so small or so large that it is not
susceptible to gratitude's power...

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazelden, 1990


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is
like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
Author of "Fountains of Faith"
Scholar, author, pastor

Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn't learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little,
and if we didn't learn a little,
at least we didn't get sick,
and if we got sick,
at least we didn't die;
so let us all be thankful.

The Buddha (circa 5th century)


Gratitude exclaims, very properly, "How good of God to give
me this." Adoration says, "What must be the quality of that
Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations* are like this!"
One's mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun.

If I could always be what I aim at being, no pleasure would be
too ordinary or too usual for such reception; from the first taste
of the air when I look out of the window -- one's whole cheek
becomes a sort of palate -- down to one's soft slippers at bedtime.

Excerpted from "Letters to Malcolm," by C. S. Lewis
Harcourt, Inc. 1991

*Note from Lisa: According to Webster's Dictionary, coruscation is defined as:
"1: Glitter, sparkle 2: a flash of wit"
I assume Lewis is referring to the sparkle of the sun in this instance, but I
also like the thought of gratitude for God flashing His wit in our lives.


Have a look at the apple tree in your yard.
Look at it with complete attention. It is
truly a miracle. If you notice it, you
will take good care of it, and you too
are part of its miraculousness.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 -   )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author

And now, the Last Word:

Wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese born American philosopher and poet



















































































Bonus quote:

I live and love in God's peculiar light.

Michelangelo (1475-1584)
Italian Renassance painter, sculptor, poet


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