Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

"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

"For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?" ~Rebecca Harding Davis

"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." ~Johannes A. Gaertner

"None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

"Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now." ~A.W. Tozer

"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!" ~Henry Ward Beecher

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~Thornton Wilder

And a little humor to top it off:
"Thanksgiving, man.... Not a good day to be my pants......" ~Kevin James

(We're heading to the Carolinas for the holidays..... Hope you all have a wonderful feast with family and friends as we acknowledge all the blessings in our lives....)

15 comments:

photowannabe said...

I feel so blessed to have wonderful family and friends, a terrific church, a warm, snug house and everything that I need. I am truely blessed.
I am blessed also to have special blogging friends like YOU. Have a great time with your family and a safe trip too.
We will be leaving Wed. to be with extended family in Washington State. Long drive but well worth it.
Sue

L.L. Barkat said...

Have a lovely holiday. And that church against the hills of fire... really beautiful.

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing all the wonderful Thanksgiving quotes. I wish you and your family a safe, warm, and happy Thanksgiving.

kirsten said...

WOW. What a stunning photograph. Truly, Blue ... did you capture that picture? And the quotes ... all terrific (the Kevin James one makes me laugh!!).

We have so much for which to be thankful. Blessings to you & yours!

bluemountainmama said...

yes, kirsten... i took the shot. that church sits behind one of the offices where my husband works. what a view, huh? :)

colleen said...

Love the glow in that shot. Gratitude is like good medicine for whatever ails us.

Kalyan said...

lovely knowing about this tradition & some very thoughtful quotes...Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

backpakker said...

what beautiful thoughts and what a lovely picture ...im grateful for such beauty in life !

Moi said...

have a beautiful time with your family, Blue.......lovely pic :)

Ash said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving :)

Kerri said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have safe travels and a wonderful time with your family!

June said...

Thanks for doing all the legwork re: finding the quotes. I enjoyed reading them. The picture is beautiful...very tranquil. Have a great holiday!

Sheila Cason said...

This is so beautiful that I chose it and a few others of yours to put as today's post for Beauty...on the weblog

Thanks so much for sharing. I think everyone is going to like them!

momof3gr8kids said...

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

loved your comment over at LL's - blogging does most definitely give the plus of an interactive community as we "read" each other's notebooks and lives

I envy holidays spent in any mountains! However this one was special, even in the cold flatlands that make up Chicago. Take a peak over at the beloved before time link on my blog and see what my youngest has been up to with our Thanksgiving company - I feel blessed indeed.