The Apostle Paul was in a dark, dank, rat-infested prison when he wrote these words: "I have learned this one thing, that in whatever circumstance I am in, therein to be grateful." (Philippians 4:11) He didn't say we should be thankful for a bad situation, but rather, to be grateful regardless of the circumstance. Through spiritual practice, we find strength that transcends a temporary emotion or misfortune and learn to live from a grateful heart. -- Mary Manin Morrissey
Things To Ponder
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more
blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of
imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are
ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest,
torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead
and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish
someplace...you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare, even
in North America.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful...you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the
shoulder...you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that
someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
It's easy to feel grateful when we receive a raise, meet the love of our life or watch our children succeed, but spiritual gratitude is not circumstantial. It arises from a true knowing that God is our Source. We can feel thankful for every day, even in the middle of life's challenges. -- Mary Manin Morrissey