TODAY'S THEME: Praise and Thank You
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"First Thanksgiving"
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, 1914

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise ev'ry morning,
God's recreation of the new day!

Lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
English author of children's literature


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

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


If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
"Thank you," that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - c. 1328)
German Dominican friar and mystic

The root of joy is gratefulness...
It is not joy that makes us grateful;
it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

Brother David Steindt-Rast


Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a stranger into a friend. It makes sense
of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie
American author


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

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
American scholar, author and Methodist lay leader


O come, let us sing unto the Lord,
Let us joyfully acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us approach Him with thanksgiving,
And acclaim Him with songs of praise.

Jewish prayer

And now, the Last Word:

Detail from "First Thanksgiving"

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded to us this day,
for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish novelist and poet



























Bonus quote:

So once a year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song,
in thankfulness of heart.

Arthur Guitterman (1871-1943)
American writer and humorist


On today's
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Eleanor Farjeon;
Kahlil Gibran;
Meister Eckhart;
David Steindt-
Melody Beattie;
William Ward;
Jewish prayer;
Robert Louis


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