"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all
other virtues." -Cicero in ORATIO PRO CNAEO PLANCIO, XXXIII
"Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks
naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he
gets as much as he deserves." -Henry Ward Beecher
"The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart."
-Plutarch, c. 100 A.D.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. -St. Paul in Philippians
"Some people complain that God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him
for putting roses on thorns." -Anonymous
"Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts:
and no one to thank." -Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations."
"O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
-William Shakespeare in HENRY VI, PART II
"Gratitude is the heart's memory." -Anonymous
"Thou hast given to me so much . . . Give one thing more-a grateful heart."
-George Herbert, 1593-1633
"In everything give thanks." -St. Paul in I Thessalonians 5:18
"Be thankful for the smallest blessing, and you will deserve to receive
greater. Value the least gifts no less than the greatest, and simple graces as
especial favours. If you remember the dignity of the Giver, no gift will seem
small or mean, for nothing can be valueless that is given by the most high
God." -Thomas a Kempis, 1380-1471
"Count your blessings,
Name them one by one;
Count your blessings,
See what God has done." -J. Oatman, Jr.
[How easy it is to use Thanksgiving to celebrate the glory of our own comforts
and accomplishments. Lord, redirect our thanks. Amen!]
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina