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 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


October 17—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Summary Monday: The rhythm of the beach, waves ever lapping the shores remind us of the constancy of God’s presence. Tuesday: Even when life is tough, goodness is revealed. Wednesday: Singing allows us to express that which words alone cannot convey. Thursday: The dark valleys may be filled with the quiet companionship of friends. [...]


October 16—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Dolly Parton I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time, but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed. Let Us Pray: Dear God, Thank you for the creative sparks to imagine and for the grace to begin again when I [...]


October 15—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Don Farnsworth A couple of weeks ago a friend of ours of +30 years passed—additionally her son and my son's faithful childhood friend also passed. This seems as though a strange devotion. But we were truly blessed with the kindness showed to us from other life long friends. Some of these friends were absent in [...]


October 14—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Marion Hanold In this time of pandemic/election angst/economic meltdown, I feel some of my deepest gratitude for singing: If my 18-year-old son is singing, I know he is having a decent day. My 86-year-old dad still belts out "On the Twelfth Day of Christmas..." and brings the house down. When Dave's and my [...]


October 13—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Robert Apatoff Gratitude….In this time of COVID, Silver linings sometimes have no playbook. Our daughter and son in law moved back from NYC with two of our grandchildren in tow The rare opportunity to reconnect with adult children at stages in life where they would be off raising their families and busy in [...]


October 12—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Barbara Wood The days are now getting cooler and the fall foliage colors are appearing. But those hot days of summer are still vivid in my memories. The beach was my haven with my grandchildren…the clear Lake Michigan waters were their refuge to cool off. Boogie boards, sandcastles, pails, and shovels kept them [...]