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November 2021

To All Friends of Amazing Grace Ministry and News from the Heart Readers:

GIVING GREAT THANKS by Rev. Ron Fox

Meister Eckhart wrote, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Being grateful is a way of life. As we move through our days, we can make the choice to face life with an attitude of gratitude. And when we do, every experience takes on new meaning – even the tough times can be seen as learning opportunities. When we put our attention on what we have rather than what is lacking in our life, we can expect more good. When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, He began His prayer by giving thanks. He wasn’t saying, “Thank you for this little bit of food.” He was giving thanks because he knew that there is ALWAYS enough.

Years ago, when I was in ministry school, a friend received news that her husband had passed. The news came out of the blue, she was in deep despair and grief. Several months later I asked her how she got through the pain. She told me that she made a gratitude list. Every night before she went to bed, she wrote down 5 thinks she was grateful for. She said, “After the first week, I had 35 things I could still be grateful for.”

We don’t have to wait for a tragedy to make a gratitude list. Why not begin today? Every day write down 5 things you are grateful for and see what happens. You will be surprised at how much good is flowing through your life. My sponsor told me this 45 years ago and I am still doing it. Mary

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Edited by Rev. Mary Hansen. The newsletter will change regularly. We look forward to hearing your stories, comments and input.

 

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