Thursday, October 27, 2011

Big Thanks for Small Things

Only he who gives thanks for the little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for the daily gifts.

We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forward eagerly for the higher good. Then we deplore the fact that we lack the deep certainty, the strong faith, and the rich experience that God has given to others, and we consider this lament to be pious. We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, HarperCollins, 1978

Abba, today I am thankful for the fruit from our vine.

When we view the little things with thanksgiving,
even they become big things.

~Father Tim Kavanaugh (These High, Green Hills)