Thanksgiving 2011

I returned late yesterday, from the most amazing trip to Istanbul and Ephesus, so filled with spiritual experiences and graces, and I will write about it shortly.

But today, as with many of you, my thoughts dwell on all the things that I am grateful for, ever mindful, as Meister Eckhart once affirmed, that:

"If the only prayer you ever say
is thank you,
it would be enough."

And so, I share with you a prayer by the German theologian, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, who was put to death by the Nazis, and a poem by e.e. cummings:

O Heavenly Father,
I praise and thank you
For the peace of the night.
I praise and thank you for this new day.
I praise and thank you for the goodness
And faithfulness throughout my life.
You have granted me many blessings;
Now let me also accept what is hard from your hand.
You will lay on me no more than I can bear.
You make all things work together for the good of your children.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
~ e.e. cummings ~

May you be grateful today, for all that is. But, may you remember to express gratitude for everything, every day of your life!


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