Monday, November 16, 2009

More than a verbal expression of thanks

I'm back from my week visiting with my Matthew in California. This morning I am studying the third section of the Thanksgiving Lesson and loving what Mrs. Eddy has to say about how we show our gratitude. She writes: "Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech."

Many times we are grateful for something someone has done. We might take a moment to say thank you. How much better to not only do that but to show how we feel by being a better person, by smiling first, by quietly doing those dishes or taking out the trash, by reading that child a story yet again, by cuddling our pets. We can show our gratitude for the good that has come our way, even if we are not feeling very blessed. In fact, that is the very time to express gratitude for God's goodness and constant care, just when we are being fooled into thinking it is missing. Jesus gave thanks before he raised Lazarus because he already knew his Father was going to take care of it. Whatever challenge is facing you today, find the grace to be grateful right where impatience or negative thinking seems to be.

Thanksgiving is just weeks away. Be thinking of what you have to be grateful for this year. Some families go around the table before the meal and each one who wishes can share something they are grateful for. What would you say?

You never know just who is aware of your actions and inspired by them. And if no one seems to notice, rest assured, God, divine Love, notices.

No comments: