Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transparent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~ Sara Ban Breathnach

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saying, "THANK YOU!"

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~ Gladys B. Stern

Thank You for Giving to the Lord...

October has been set aside as Ministry Appreciation Month.  Last night, I realized it is nearing mid October and I have not written a single note of appreciation!

I have made a commitment in years past to write a note to every single person in the congregation, acknowledging what and how they have touched my own life or the life of another.  And I have said, "Thank you."

It is easy to find "Clergy Appreciation" cards, yet clergy cannot do the ministry of the church on their own. It takes an entire congregation who is full of Spirit filled disciples...reaching out and touching lives so that others might know Christ through them.

I really like the quote by Gladys Stern, "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."

If there is someone who has touched your life, either personally, or as you have watched them minister/serve others...I would like to encourage you to take a moment and say, "Thank you" this month.

It may be your pastor, Sunday School teacher, or the elders of your congregation.

It may also be the librarian who makes an extra special effort, or the nurse who always makes you feel as though you truly matter.

It may be a blog friend whose words, images, insights have touched you in some way...helping you to then be present to help, encourage, support another.

It might be the check out person at the grocery store who always welcomes you with a smile...or maybe your favorite person at Starbucks?

You know what, it might be one of those you gather with to play cards, RummyCube, or to share stories of knitting or quilting.

Perhaps it is a parent, child, spouse, or sibling who "OF COURSE" knows they are appreciated.

We are called to walk side by side, and all to often, we take those who are walking alongside us for granted.

This weekend of October, who are you grateful for?  Who has touched your life in some way? Who has encouraged you?

You are walking alongside me, as I focus on Gratitude...and I thank you and appreciate you!

Because you are walking alongside me as, together, we consider how we can live from an attitude of gratitude...would you consider just writing a short note to someone to say, "Thank You!"

A phone call or an email...they are nice.  But, a handwritten note?

A handwritten note is something another can hold, prop up, stick on the refrigerator, put in their Bible or favorite devotion book... a handwritten note is just really special!

A neat story of one man who said, "Thank you." Neurosurgeon says thank you to a teacher...

Thank you!

Two little words that carry so much power...
Many Blessings ~ Sandi


  1. Lovely. Gratitude is so important.

  2. We must be on the same wave length... I wrote four thank you notes last week AND got them in the mail. For some reason actually getting them in the box can be my stall point. LOL!

    Thank you, Sandi for your wonderful words of inspiration and encouragement and challenge. blessings ~ tanna