True gratitude leads to generosity.
Writer David McCasland said, "Be thankful for God's many blessings, but be sure to remember those who have less."
This is also one of the main messages of yesterday's GMC Advent Recollection facilitated by Fr. Benedict. "Tuloy ang pagdiriwang ng Pasko ngunit hindi natin sila (Earthquake and Yolanda victims, and all those who suffer) kakalimutan. We will remember them and lift them up in our prayers."
And so let me share this beautiful prayer by Pauline Phillips (a.k.a Abigail Van Buren):
O HEAVENLY FATHER:
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the slaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
|Photo Credit: Jen Mguni|
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." (Hebrews 13:15-16)