I should have known better. Grandma had nine decades under her belt of doing things her way.
"I've learned a lot from working with trees. More important, I've worked with people on imagining how to love each other."
In America, we cherish the inalienable right to have things our way.
The psalmist doesn't tell us to be thankful, but rather to offer thanks. Offer thanks. Bless God's name—even if you don't feel like it.
Be humble. Think of the imagination of God that brought creation into being; there could have been nothing.
Peter Leithart’s book can be seen as one long act of ingratitude. Sometimes, he seems to be saying it is more blessed to reject than to receive.
I cherish Thanksgiving for its cultural institutionalization of the practice of gratitude. And because there are no gifts and few cards.
To build stronger communities, we need to get in the habit of recognizing what undergirds our relationships. We can't afford to take it for granted.