I have always liked the words of Meister Eckhart, a German priest and mystic of the Middle Ages who wrote, “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” What a fitting prayer for this week as we approach our national day of Thanksgiving.


I have often found that to be thankful I need to just stop and pause. When I push the busy agenda of my day out of my head long enough to notice what I have and where I have been aware of God then I’m likely to be more thankful. It’s hard to be grateful when we’re rushing through life all the time. We miss the gifts that God and others are putting in front of us. Being thankful changes the way we look at life, at others, at our problems, at our faith. I’ve also believed that a thankful heart and attitude are better than the alternative (to be crabby, grumpy, entitled). You know how it is to be around people like this. It’s rarely pleasant.


Sunday, we share our gratitude to God for life’s blessings, God’s presence, our nation, the beautiful creation God has given us whose food and provision we enjoy. Come worship with us and find a thankful heart that will enrich your holiday and your faith.


Rev. Dr. Dave Summers, Senior Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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