The mouth which is continuously giving thanks receives blessing from God. In the heart that always shows gratitude, grace abides. (THE WISDOM OF ST ISAAC OF NINEVEH, p 14)
Wishing all of my American readers a blessed Thanksgiving Day. And for all of my readers, thank you for reading my posts and for all of your encouraging words and prayers. Here is a hymn from The Akathist: Glory to God for All Things to help us all celebrate the day and to give thanks to our Creator:
What sort of praise can I give you? I have never heard the song of the cherubim, a joy reserved for the spirits above. But I know the praises that nature sings to you.
In winter, I have beheld how silently in the moonlight the whole earth offers you prayer, clad in its white mantle of snow, sparkling like diamonds.
I have seen how the rising sun rejoices in you, how the song of the birds is a chorus of praise to you.
I have heard the mysterious murmurings of the forests about you, and the winds singing your praise as they stir the waters.
I have understood how the choirs of stars proclaim your glory as they move forever in the depths of infinite space.
What is my poor worship? All nature obeys you, I do not.
Yet while I live, I see your love, I long to thank you, pray to you, and call upon your name…
(Prayer Book – In Accordance with the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Kindle Location 2705-2711)
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