Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hearts Filled With Gratitude

Today we in America celebrate Thanksgiving.

It was officially declared a national holiday by President Lincoln in 1863.  In the body of  President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation he says: "I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States. . . , to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

As we celebrate with family and friends, in gatherings small or large, let's use today as a spring-board into a season of continual gratefulness.  Each day there are countless reasons to feel and express gratitude: to our Heavenly Father; to our spouse and children; to coworkers and friends; to service people we encounter daily who make our lives easier by doing their jobs with a smile.

I am especially thankful that Gary returned from his India mission safe and sound. Our hearts are already eager to return - in just three months!

Thank you - for your love, prayers and support as we continue on this Journey with God.

With Thankful hearts - Pat and Gary

Thanksgiving Splendor Photo Courtesy of
Cyndy Hull


  1. Thankful along with you for Gary's return. Looking forward to hearing in coming weeks some of his thoughts.

  2. So, continuing on the thankfulness thought and because you love poetry, please check out Janet's poetry and photo post today at .
    My favourite words from the poem are "startling commonness", because isn't that just what illuminates our days when we are paying attention?