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From Our Friends and Neighbors

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 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.

October 23—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Birds of Heaven

John Hales

I am grateful to be surrounded by the Creative Mother Spirit’s works of nature. This time of self-lockdown found me spending many hours on our backyard deck in the company of squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and especially birds. This unanticipated gift led to feelings of gratitude for the abundance of living things that surround us and go unnoticed yet have the power to restore […]

October 22—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Joan O’Neill

When I was in 8th grade, I wrote a prayer for my English class about my gratitude for the gracious gift of life we have all received from God. I didn’t know at the time that my father had cancer and would leave us before we could celebrate another Thanksgiving together. He left behind 9 children who would later marry and bring 25 children into the world, […]

October 21—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Jeanne Johnson

Dear Lord and Father of all,
Thank you for the parents who guide their children to you,
for the Sunday School teachers who give of themselves
to help the little ones and youth to grow in the
stories and lessons of your constant love.
Thank you for the community of faith
at Kenilworth Union that helps and encourages all of us
to seek to do Your will for our lives
for the betterment of all […]

October 20—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Willie Nelson

When I started counting my blessings, my whole world turned around.

Let Us Pray:

Dear God, Help me notice the myriad ways my life is blessed and act on the small ways I may be a blessing to another. Amen.

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

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October 19—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Sallie Smith

Each day Ralph and I are grateful for Kenilworth Union Church our home of comfort, peace, friends, and opportunities to worship and learn. We are blessed to have three amazing ministers and a staff that is resilient, caring, hard-working, and creative during this time of challenge. They all give us strength, encouragement, and support. Don’t forget to give them love and appreciation in return. It does make […]

October 18—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Psalm 95 O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, […]

Posted on September 11, 2020