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 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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. Amen. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


October 25—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Psalm 89 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it—you have founded them. The north and the south—you created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are [...]


October 24—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Summary As you look at your life, noticing that for which you are grateful, how has your list grown? Monday: Sallie and Ralph draw strength and encouragement from faith community. Tuesday:  A guest appearance from Willie Nelson described how his world turned upside down when counting blessings. Wednesday:  Jeanne Johnson wrote of memories [...]


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 [...]


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. [...]