Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gratitude is the Best Attitude

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace,
the celebration of work and the simple life...

a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry
of the turn of the seasons,
the beauty of seedtime and harvest,
the ripe product of the year -

and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.
~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
~W.T. Purkiser

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French
(La reconnaissance est la memoire du coeur)
My cousin's farm in North Dakota is past the harvest stage and into winter. But I know they stop and rejoice in the way God provides for them from year to year.

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home

This is my favorite family book we read at Thanksgiving. It's by Barbara Rainey. The kids love the stories of the Pilgrim's journey and sacrifices. The hardships they endured to establish a new nation. And we also love the CD it comes with.

Click on the book to go to an online reader.

1 comment:

Tanya said...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for :-)