my reflection today is from Living Faith:
Then Tobit went back in, rejoicing and praising God with full voice for everything that had happened. Tobit 11:15
“Tobit had two good reasons to be grateful. His sight was restored and his son returned home safely from his long journey. Little wonder he expressed his gratitude to God ‘with full voice.’
I believe that gratitude is a sign that we are close to God. Why do I say this? First, when we are grateful, we are humbly acknowledging that someone has given us something, that is, we are on the receiving end of someone else’s generosity. Ultimately, the giver of all good gifts is God. Second, when we are grateful, we are ordinarily very happy. Gratitude is expressed not in frowns and sadness, but in smiles and joyful exuberance. And third, when we are grateful, we often want to share our good fortune with others. Gratitude begets generosity.
What are you grateful for today?
Giver of all gifts, help me to see the blessings of this particular day. May my gratitude for these gift spring me closer to you and to others.” Sr. Melanie Svoboda, S.N.D.
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