A Collection of Gratitude
From Our Friends and Neighbors

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From Our Friends and Neighbors

A Collection of Gratitude
From Our Friends and Neighbors

Written by: Julia Smolucha

As we turn to fall, we will take up the theme of gratitude. From mid-September through the end of November, the daily devotional will describe a particular aspect of life for which one is grateful along with a companion prayer of thanks. The email will prompt readers to reflect upon their lives and identify three things for which they are grateful.

September 28—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Mei Aden

I love early mornings. Enveloped by the still darkness and the sureness of dawn, time seems to stretch. On Sundays, during these covid times, I have made it a habit to tune in to a 6 a.m. radio program, With Heart and Voice, that plays sacred and organ music.

This past Sunday, with my little ear buds piping a church anthem, I walked to the beach, expecting almost […]

September 27—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Psalm 34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.

Let Us Pray:

Dear God,
amidst all the tweets and shouting,
may the psalmist’s humble voice
speak with gratitude,
reminding us our souls belong to you.
Amen.

September 26—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Weekly Summary

Consider how a closer look at our gratitude helps us recognize God more readily.  Monday: For people that inspire us. Tuesday: Recognizing love in our backyard. Wednesday: Happiness found in the change of seasons. Thursday: The security of never-ending blessings. Friday: Life’s adversity strengthens us.

Let Us Pray:

Dear God,
thank you for opening our spiritual eyes,
the more we find gratitude around us
the more we […]

September 25—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Susan Resko

While my younger self would recoil at this thought, I have learned to be grateful for adversity, which has not only strengthened my faith, but has taught me to be more compassionate, patient, and resilient. I used to recoil when people chirped, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” but I now know that God has always seen me safely through fear and pain.

Let […]

September 24—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Don Farnsworth

I feel so grateful for many blessings, but there is one that is current and is worthy of devotion. The 100 days of Prayer that just concluded. The prayers that Katie chose were inspirational, the background of the prayers was fascinating! But the date of the prayers was a marvel-some over a thousand years ago! How great is our God! He was receiving praise and gratitude long […]

September 23—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Jo Forrest

It happened. Now when I sweep the dust on the flagstone in the garden, I collect brown, fallen leaves. The turn of seasons reminds me that what I plant is what I will harvest. I am grateful for nature’s reminder that my life is lived forward and what I do today sows the promise of brighter tomorrows, even if the daylight fades.

Let Us Pray: