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The cherry on the top

Marcus Borg wrote his book Convictions after his 70th birthday. “At 70, I primarily feel gratitude,” he wrote in the first chapter. “Each extra day feels like lagniappe, a Cajun French word that means ‘something extra’—like the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the hot fudge on top of the ice [...]

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What I don’t need

“How many things there are which I do not need!” Socrates once said. That’s a good quote for me to remember when I am buying presents for my family and friends. There are many things that I really don’t need—and many things that my friends and family really don’t need. I found Socrate’s seasonal advice [...]

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A garden without flowers

Our friends Mark and Eva, who now live in Washington state, came to visit, and we ate hamburgers cooked outside on the grill and Greek potato salad that I made with a new recipe. Then, our friends Ken and Gail came over, and the six of us shared conversation and chocolate cake. The next day, [...]

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Some exciting news

Lily’s eyes were bright when she announced that she had some exciting news. With a round, angelic face and two pony tails on the top of her head, Lily is one of the children in the four-year-old Sunday School class I teach. “What is your exciting news?” I asked. “I went to the opera with [...]

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Praise for the morning!

I have always loved the words to this song since I first heard Cat Stevens sing them decades ago, and I was delighted to find the poem “Morning Has Broken” by Eleanor Farjean. Morning has broken like the first morning, Blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!…. [...]

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Thank you for green trees

Now when I take my morning walk, I see green buds on the trees and bright flowers in the lawns. In his poem “This Amazing Day,” e.e. cummings says thank you for this beauty. i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream [...]

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Awe, pleasure and wonder

“Gratitude is rooted in the sense that life is a gift,” writes Rabbi Harold Kushner. In his book The Lord Is My Shepherd, Rabbi quotes Abraham Maslow: “Psychologist Abraham Maslow has praised as a character trait of the fully mature adult ‘the ability to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope that your tummy will be full of good food, and your heart will be full of gratitude. As Pooh thought happily, “Thanksgiving is a time when everybody gets rumbly in the tumbly and thankful by the heartful.” We found the Pooh quote on a Hallmark card.

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Count your blessings

“Gratitude is a way of looking at the world that does not change the facts of your life, but has the power to make your life more enjoyable,” says Rabbi Harold Kushner. “Learn to respond to the sun’s coming up every morning as a miracle….Instead of wishing that you felt better physically and could lose [...]

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Happy New Year!

It’s the beginning of a new year! Today, enjoy the blessing of the year ahead. Don’t make resolutions. You can do that tomorrow. Don’t think of all the things that you didn’t accomplish last year. Think about what you did accomplish. Don’t think about all your problems. Think about all of your blessings. We wish [...]

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