Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving

 
 Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church the pastor is taking some time out to be with family and is very thankful for visiting ministers who fill the pulpit while he is gone. This Sunday we welcome a return visit from Commissioned Lay Pastor Ledonia Kimball!
 
Rather than our usual reflection here are some quotes... and some music to enjoy while you browse through them.

Music... Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing "Come Ye Thankful People come"

And here's some quotes...

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” (Oprah Winfrey)

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” (Alexander Pope)

“He who thanks but with the lips, Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.” (J.A. Shedd)

“Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.” (Franz Grillparzer)

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (Melody Beattie)

“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!” (Henry Ward Beecher)

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” (E.P. Powell)
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” (W.T. Purkiser)

“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” (Ray Stannard Baker)

Happy Thanksgiving to all...

Rev Adrian Pratt.

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