Classic and contemporary excerpts.
Giving Thanks Always
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 ink.
—G. K. Chesterton, quoted in
Christian Ministry (July 1983)
The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
—Kahlil Gibran, quoted in Think on These Things
Sharing The Gift
Thanksgiving … is first of all a North American feast. This nation is affluent and has more than it needs. The realization that what we have is a free gift can deepen our desire to share this gift with others who cry out for help. When we bless the fruits of the harvest, let us at least realize that blessed fruits need to be shared. Otherwise, the blessing turns into a curse.
—Henri J. M. Nouwen in The Genesee Diary
It is always weakness to be fretting and worrying, questioning and mistrusting. What can we do if we wear ourselves to skin and bone? Can we gain anything by fearing and fuming? Do we not unfit ourselves for action, and unhinge our minds for wise decision? We are sinking by our struggles when we might float by faith.…
Oh for grace to be confident in God!
—C. H. Spurgeon in Faith’s Check Book
Life’s Most Powerful Force
The Christian business person attracts people to Christ by serving need, not greed. When we do something to meet someone’s need, he will ask why we are doing it. And then we can tell them that it is because of the love of Christ. No one can be apathetic ...1