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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
For Americans, this Thursday is a day of thanksgiving. In its purest
it represents a day set aside for the express purpose of praising
God the creator for His many wondrous gifts. It transcends Pilgrims and
Native Americans; maize and cranberries. On a social level, it's a day on
which we stop our busy lives to sit down with family and break bread as a
unit. For many homeless people, it's when they can count on a special hot
meal, even if they have to wait in line for it, so please don't forget to con-
tribute to charities like the Salvation Army, even in this bad economy.
And in it's most primal state, Thanksgiving is just a bad day to be a turkey.
Rejoice in God and give thanks! Have a blessed Thanksgiving. To our
international readers, please join us in expressing gratitude for all that is good.
- Lisa Bowman
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
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
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.
"The First Thanksgiving" 1914
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe
we thank you for all your gifts.
This day, this night,
These fruits, these flowers,
these trees, these waters---
With all these treasures
you have endowed us.
The heat of the sun,
the light of the moon,
the songs of the birds
and the coolness of the breeze,
The green, green grass
like a mattress of velvet.
All owe their existence to your grace.
Dear God, may we forever breathe
the breath of your love
And every moment be aware
of your presence above.
From "Bless This Food" by Adrian Butash
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.
Traditional Jewish Blessing
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
...and now, The Last Word:
To all else thou hast given us, O Lord,
we ask for but one thing more:
Give us grateful hearts.
George Herbert (1593-1633)
English poet and priest
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