I’m quoting from Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories (page149) by Robert J. Morgan. He expresses my feelings well:
“One of the strange things about the ‘attitude of gratitude’ is that we tend to exhibit it in reverse proportion to the number of blessings received. The more we have, the less thankful we are.
Among the lessons Viktor Frankl learned in the Nazi death-camp, Auschwitz, was to take time to be thankful and to count your blessings. He wrote that prisoners in the camp dreamed at night about certain things more than others. Bread, cakes, and nice warm baths—the very things we take for granted every day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that if the constellations appeared only once in a thousand years, imagine what an exciting event it would be. But because they’re there every night, we barely give them a look.
I would like to change that.
I would like for us Christians to show the world how to be grateful every day. I would like for us to take time to admire the stars, and stop to thank God for creating them, and allowing us to enjoy them.
I would like for us Christians to teach our children and grandchildren that gratitude is more than saying thank you. It’s a way of life that demonstrates our thanks TO GOD for the millions of things we tend to take for granted. It is a way of life that reminds us moment-by-moment of how small we are, and how great God is.
I would like for us to begin and end each day with grateful hearts.
Gratitude puts our lives into proper perspective.
Now a small gift to you in gratitude.
“Now Thank We All Our God“
“For the Beauty of the Earth“
“Count Your Blessings“