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Thanksgiving Prepping

We had several friends over for dinner tonight for a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving…It made we want to look up some quotes that I had looked up a few years ago.

“If ‘thank you’ is the only prayer you say, that will be enough.”–Meister Eckhart

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”–Charles Dickens

“Of all the “attitudes” we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.”–Zig Ziglar

“One of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness.”–J. Robert Maskin

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”—Cicero

There is no better habit than the habit of thankfulness. It is the surest, quickest way to fill ones heart and lift ones spirits.

This morning, I am thankful for these fingers, this computer, the gift of words. I am thankful for this coffee. And I’m grateful for this place. I am thankful for the turn in the weather, for the run I am about to go on, for the afternoon I get to spend with my family. Yes, I am thankful for my family – both immediate and extended – I am thankful my mother, my father, my sister, my wife, my daughter, my son. I am thankful for you. And I am thankful for my Lord. I am thankful to Jesus for all of this – for by him all things are made. He is the sweet source. And if I am only this one thing – his – it is enough. For it all springs out from this one reality. I am my beloved’s; he is mine.

And he can be yours… So come, I invite you…come into the beauty – the marvel of my Master, the ecstacy of nature and love, the wonder of all of this… Come.

What are you thankful for this morning?

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Ned Erickson

Ned is the Founder and Executive Director of the Winston-Salem Fellows, a non-profit dedicated to equipping people to live seamless lives as they grow into the men and women they were created to be. He is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed novel Clay. He, his wife, two children, dogs, rabbit, guinea pig, turtle, and chickens live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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