The Gift of Gratitude

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Friendship Cruise Control

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”Thomas Aquinas

My parents (who are in their late 70s) were 8 hours into their drive to the west coast to board a cruise ship to Mexico when they realized that they failed to pack their passports. My stepfather, who takes everything in stride, said they’d circle back home to get them and start the journey over.

Turns out, that wasn’t necessary. After a brief phone conversation on a different topic, close friends of theirs presented a solution that my parents hadn’t imagined possible. The friends said they’d retrieve the passports and meet them halfway.

Dennis and Margery didn’t just empathize with my parents’ situation or float an offer; they stated how they were going to help. So, they rearranged their plans and drove 8 hours that day for a round trip with the sole purpose of getting their friends back on track.

Thank you, Dennis and Margery, for growing love! 

Thank you, Mom, for telling me this story with such joy.

It seems that it is in these unexpected incidents of profound kindness, when we are so moved by experiencing first hand the strength and depth of friendship, that we catch a glimpse God’s love. A love on which we can rely, even when we don’t realize doing so is an option.

“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.” -Thomas Aquinas

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What do we get to do?

There are nuggets of advice circulating among us that make a meaningful difference in our lives despite their simplicity. Yet in the bustle of daily life they can be inadvertently set aside. Reunited with one of these nuggets, we pick it up, turn it in our hands, and carry it around in our pocket for the day, wondering why we ever set it down.

Here’s one that can be especially helpful as we enjoy the holidays – a time when we are tempted to describe all that we have to do and the angst that tags along with it. Switch “have” to “get” and now you have a celebration.

I get to cook for my family – I am thankful they are well and with us.
I get to clean my house – I am thankful to have a home.
(and the health to take care of it)
I get to go to work – I am thankful to be able to support my family.

Go on, put it in your pocket and see how your day changes.

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Giving the gift of gratitude

Has anyone caught you off guard with an unexpected “thank you”? As we lead up to Thanksgiving, let’s try once a day to thank someone who least expects it! Let someone know you appreciate them – what they do and who they are. Let’s grow love with the gift of gratitude.

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