Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Spiritual Work of Gratitude

The Spiritual Work of Gratitude – Henri Nouwen

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, themoments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claimthe fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.

Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.


  1. I notice it looks like it came from me. Please note Jim sent us this quote.

  2. And, perhaps, it is in our willingness and ability to be thankful for all things that we discover a measure of goodness, in all things. We must, of course, be willing "to suspend doubt and disbelief", at least occasionally - an excellent exercise in itself! :-)