Monday, November 21, 2005

NOUWEN ON GRATITUDE

Thanksgiving is four days away. I continue to share quotes, poems, and reflections on gratitude as we move toward this national day of grace. This quote by Henri Nouwen puts thanksgiving in the context of the difficulties we experience:

“We easily divide our lives into good things to be grateful for and bad things to forget...True spiritual gratitude embraces all of our past, the good as well as the bad events, the joyful as well as the sorrowful moments...everything that took place brought us to this place..."

"That does not mean all that happened in the past was good, but it does mean that even the bad didn’t happen outside the loving presence of God...they have brought us to a deeper recognition of God’s mercy, a stronger conviction of God’s guidance, and a more radical commitment to a life in God’s service."

"Once all of our past is remembered in gratitude, we are free to be sent into the world to proclaim good news to others...all our failures and betrayals can be transformed into gratitude and enable us to become messengers of hope.”

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