Week of Gratitude

The next Week of Gratitude begins on November 18, 2013. Join us this week before Thanksgiving as we reflect on the many gifts we have received from God.

Week of Gratitude – Ram Dass

by Paul on November 22, 2013

“We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass What I like about this saying is how it suggests we’re on a journey together towards warmth and safety and that we have a mutual obligation to help each other get there. Don’t get me wrong – I can admire rugged individualism and I think […]


Week of Gratitude – Lucinda Williams

by Paul on November 21, 2013

As it turns out, now is the moment you’ve been waiting for. — Lucinda Williams In his “I have a dream” speech, Martin Luther King talked about “the fierce urgency of now.” Lucinda Williams is, I believe, tapping into the same sentiment. I am capable of big dreams, grand plans of action, sweeping areas for reform […]


Week of Gratitude – Mary Oliver

by Paul on November 20, 2013

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. — Mary Oliver Did you seriously think you were going to get through a week of gratitude quotes without at least one reference to Mary Oliver? I love the […]


Week of Gratitude – Mr. Rogers

by Paul on November 19, 2013

Love begins with listening. — Mister Rogers In Genesis, after Adam and Eve have eaten of the forbidden fruit, God asks them, “Where are you?” and “Who told you you were naked?”  God wants to know. God loves by listening. Ignatius, at the start of the Spiritual Exercises, has a meditation where the Trinity look down […]


Week of Gratititude – David Steindl-Rast

by Paul on November 18, 2013

Today we begin our annual pre-Thanksgiving Week of Gratitude. Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more. — David […]


A Week of Gratitude – Wisdom

by Paul on June 21, 2013

Instead of a Wisdom Story this Friday, I thought I’d spend a moment or two giving thanks for the gift of Wisdom. The Scriptures make much of wisdom and we all know the story of King Solomon desiring wisdom more than any other gift. The younger me thought this all fine and dandy, but looked […]


A Week Of Gratitude – Resilience

by Paul on June 20, 2013

PFOer Tim and I have discussed using Chumbawamba’s “I fall down but I get up again” as a Monday Music Moment but, as he pointed out, some of the lyrics are, er, unsuitable for this kind of audience. Nevertheless, resilience is a theme that comes up again and again  in our Wisdom Stories and in […]


A Week Of Gratitude – Curiosity

by Paul on June 19, 2013

I am so thankful that I have a lot of curiosity.  It has sometimes gotten me into trouble (like the time, when I was about 4, that I ruined our brand new refrigerator by putting a lighted candle in it to see whether or not its coldness would put out the hot flame!) but it […]


A Week Of Gratitude – Hope

by Paul on June 18, 2013

Hope usually manages to surprise me. Having prayed for peace in N. Ireland for decades, I give up and – Kazaam! – a peace accord is signed a year later. I see the Berlin Wall come tumbling down and – Presto! – a new world is born. Children are massacred and – Miraculo! – the […]


Monday Music Moment – Give Thanks

by Paul on June 17, 2013

I don’t often feature “Christian Music” on this blog because this genre is not to everyone’s taste.  Today, however, I am beginning another Week of Gratitude and I thought Don Moen’s Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart would be a good way for us to start out. We have so much for which to be […]