"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all
— Cicero, c. 106-43 B.C.
"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. —Philippians 4:6
"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." —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 favors. 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 à Kempis, 1380-1471
"Count your blessings,
Name them one by one;
Count your blessings,
See what God has done."
—Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1856-1922
"God gives and forgives.
Man gets and forgets."
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body
you were called to peace. AND BE THANKFUL. Let the word of Christ dwell in
you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you
sing psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs WITH GRATITUDE IN YOUR HEARTS TO
GOD. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of
the Lord Jesus, GIVING THANKS to God the Father through him." — Colossians
[How easy it is to use our Thanksgiving gatherings and even our Thanksgiving
worship to celebrate the glory of our own comforts and accomplishments. Lord,
redirect our thanks and our lives. Amen!]
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary