Gratitude: Prayer, Observation, Art

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Prayer for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah
by Rabbi Joshua Stanton
The Huffington Post 

In the shared spirit of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, we offer this beautiful blessing by Rabbi Joshua Stanton. May your tables be filled with gratitude and love.

 “We give thanks to the Creative Force that gives life, inspires connection, and fills us with the yearning to create anew. On this rare coincidence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, we feel particularly grateful for a holy day that tempers the radical pursuit of freedom with the ultimate hope of stability, peace, and love.”

Read a selection of similarly inspired prayers to welcome in the holiday season.

by Louie Schwartzberg
TED Talks

With his breathtaking time-lapse photography, Schwartzberg invites us to reflect on the beauty of life that surrounds us. Paired with the eloquent words of Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, this timeless talk offers us a meditation on opening our hearts to all the blessings and gifts that life has to offer. We are reminded “It’s not just another day, it’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.” In the beauty of a flower, the vastness of the sky, and the smile of a stranger, we discover reasons to be grateful every day.

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Graffiti project encourages N.J. residents to publicly express their gratitude
by Janelle Griffith

A word; a hug; a drawing; a prayer – how do you express your gratitude? This inspiring article shares the efforts of a few New Jersey communities to build an atmosphere of gratitude this holiday season. “The idea is simple: Write messages of gratitude on the windows downtown, or on notes stuck to walls of participating shops and buildings in the community.” Whether you take your expressions of gratitude to windows of local shops or simply post them on your refrigerator, this practice will cultivate a spirit of love and generosity in your life. What will you add to your gratitude wall today?

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