Archive for the ‘Gratitude’ Tag

Grace, Part II   1 comment

Above:  Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, by Heinrich Hofmann

Image in the Public Domain

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Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,

that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of life,

which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ,  who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer (1979), page 236

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Numbers 11:4-29 or 2 Kings 4:8-37

Psalm 70

Hebrews 10:16-25

Mark 10:17-31

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Grace, who is good, works in a variety of ways to meet human needs, tangible and intangible.  Gratitude is always an appropriate response.  Gratitude assumes a range of expressions.  One may choose the form of gratitude that best suits any given circumstance, but gratitude is not optional; it is far more than a merely good idea.

One form of gratitude is keeping commandments.  If we love God, we will keep divine commandments.  If we love Jesus, we will keep his commandments.  Depending entirely on God is one of those commandments.  Practicing humility is another one.

These are extremely difficult commandments to keep.  They are impossible to keep if one relies on human agency.  We do not have to do that, fortunately.  We cannot do that under any set of circumstances, anyway.  We can, however, succeed by relying on grace.  Will we accept it and the responsibilities that accompany it?

I used to have a shirt that read,

GRACE HAPPENS.

(The garment wore out after too many washings, as garments do.)

Terrible and other unfortunate events happen, of course, but so does grace.  We can never escape grace, happily.  If we accept it, we also accept certain obligations to extend it to others.  Therefore, it alters people around us.  So be it.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 26, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ANNE AND JOACHIM, PARENTS OF SAINT MARY OF NAZARETH

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Adapted from this post:

https://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/devotion-for-proper-25-year-b-humes/

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This is post #2100 of BLOGA THEOLOGICA.

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Mundane Blessings   1 comment

Above:  The New Novel, by Winslow Homer (1877)

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Gracious God,

thank you for all blessings,

especially the mundane ones.

When we enjoy a good book, thank you.

When the car starts, thank you.

When we have enough to eat, thank you.

When we can pay our bills, thank you.

When we have all we need, thank you.

When we travel safely, thank you.

When someone tells us bad puns and good jokes, thank you.

When a day passes uneventfully, without difficulties and with only minor annoyances, thank you.

Indeed, we are quite fortunate–perhaps more than we know.

Thank you.

May we become more attentive to the great extent of your graciousness,

and thank you accordingly with our

attitudes,

words,

and deeds.

In the name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity.  Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 21, 2010 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALBERT JOHN LUTHULI

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Adapted from this post:

http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/a-prayer-of-thanksgiving-for-mundane-blessings/

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Posted May 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Prayers on Various Topics

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Thank You, God   1 comment

Image Source = Infrogmation

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GuadalupeNOLA15Oct07Thanks.jpg)

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Thank you, God,

for the rain

for the sunshine

for the clouds

for the morning

for the midday

for the afternoon

for the evening

for the night

for the moon and the stars

for friends

for family

for music

for peace and quiet

for good books

for good movies

for good food

for yesterday

for today

for help we have received

for help we have given

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Thank you, God,

for everything good.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 26, 2011 COMMON ERA

PROPER 8, THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR A

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Adapted from this post:

http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/thank-you-god-2/

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Posted May 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Prayers on Various Topics

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