Your Monday Muse: The art of Being Thankful

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This week in The Growing Group, we are all tasked with the idea and the art of being thankful. There’s an article in the Growing Group magazine about “the art’ of being grateful. It’s an act as well as an intentional habit more than just an artistic flourish.

So for every week, I have been grateful that we have so much bounty in this country. And I’m grateful for family and also, more than ever, to have health to be able to walk and shop and to be fairly mobile still, for someone who is now a ‘senior.’

That is all possible because of the bounty from our spiritual savior and our Lord. So I am mindful and grateful and working on becoming a better person each day. That is the intent with The Growing Group. And we need to have holidays that remind us to count our blessings.

Here is a prayer of Thanksgiving from South Africa. And in our Blessings Book, there’s a prayer for Thanksgiving from Abraham Lincoln. Both of these remind us of our blessings. The Growing Group also has the article on “The Art of being Grateful.”

All of these things are needed to keep us on the right track as we grow on our journey each week! Love and blessings to all of you from the 6 Degrees Writer (Me!)😊

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! – ML

A South African Prayer of Thanksgiving

God, our loving eternal Parent, we praise you with a great shout of joy!  Your ruling power has provided victorious!  For centuries our land seemed too dark for sunrise, too bloody for healing, too sick for recovery, too hateful for reconciliation. But you have brought us into the daylight of liberation, you have healed us with new hope, you have stirred us to believe our nation can be reborn, we see the eyes of our brothers and sisters shining with resolve to build a new South Africa. Accept our prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

We thank you for our grandmothers and grandfathers, who taught us to believe in liberation….We thank you that democracy has come, and for the wonder of a government of national unity. We thank you for the commitment among all people to seek justice and peace, homes & jobs, education & health, reconciliation and reconstruction. We thank you that because apartheid has gone, we can turn from the days of destruction to work for reconstruction together. For our rich variety, our rich vision and our rich land, we thank you.

We thank you for the spiritual power which gives us new birth. You have given us the courage to change our minds, to open our hearts to those we despised, and to discover we can disagree without being enemies. We are not winners and losers, but citizens who push and pull together to move the nation forward. We thank you for the good news that you will always be with us, and will always overcome: that love will conquer hatred, that tolerance will conquer antagonism; that cooperation will conquer conflict…”

From President Lincoln: A Prayer for Thanksgiving

…I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows,orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

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