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A Collection of Gratitude
From Our Friends and Neighbors

Written by: Julia Smolucha
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As we turn to fall, we will take up the theme of gratitude. From mid-September through the end of October, 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.

October 31—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Stephen Colbert

Thankfully, dreams can change. If we’d all be stuck with our first dream, the world would be over run with cowboys and princesses.

Let Us Pray:

I hereby command you:
Be strong and courageous;
do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Perhaps you can list 2–3 things, people, or aspects
of your life for […]

October 30—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Don Farnsworth

I am an early riser. One of the first things I do while the coffee is brewing is to flip the “Day by Day” to read the new entry. Sometimes the writings are inspirational, sometimes humorous, but always are welcome to help start my day. I am grateful to the many persons involved in organizing the “Day by Day” collection—Thank you.

Let Us Pray:

October 29—Gratitude Daily Devotional

G.K. Chesterton

You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

Let Us Pray:

Dear God,
may my life
be a constant
thank offering
to you.

October 28—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Marilyn Winchester

As Dave and I get older we are so grateful to “visit” church each Sunday. Thank you for our ministers and the music with the service. Such a beautiful duet last Sunday!  All the voices are uplifting!

Let Us Pray:

Thanks be to God for our church family.

Perhaps you can list 2–3 things, people, or aspects
of your life for which you are thankful today.

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October 27—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Jo Forrest

My mornings always start with a cup of coffee. I’m not picky about the brand or way brewed; instant often serves the purpose. The simple cup brings a smile as I recall my first taste of coffee in Guthrie Center, barely flavored water from my depression era grandmother to the myriad ways life has unfolded through sharing a ‘cuppa with others.

Let Us Pray:

October 26—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Maria Fowkes

Amid the blessings I’m thankful for everyday health, a loyal steady partner, 3 beautiful children, I am also so grateful for my dog.

She is big, brown, and shaggy. Just looking at her brings me joy…her scruffy face reminds one of a wise old man with her beard and impossibly long eyebrows. Her sweet gentle nature rests in her face as she looks at me or patiently waits […]

Posted on September 11, 2020