I subscribe to a daily email that has a gratefulness word for the day. Some days it hits me just where I need to be. Other days, I delete it quickly.
No matter the specific quote or message, it always pulls me into a grateful state even if only for a few moments. I realized the other day that I have become dependent on this daily reminder to be grateful.
Gratitude is at the core of our Thanksgiving message. Yet it is more than a message. Gratitude is a way of being. It is a way of seeing. It is a way of living wholeness in the midst of our broken lives.
Might that be what Jesus is saying in the story of feeding the 5,000?
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. Mark 8:6.
Giving thanks feeds beyond boundaries and limits.May we give and live gratitude.
Jolene Bergstrom Carlson